Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Northglenn CO
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and obstruct the line. This blockage can develop excessive pressure throughout the system and trigger pipeline failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny fracture can let loose more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The outcomes of frozen pipes can trigger property damage, high repair costs and interruption of business.
Follow these plumbing tips to help minimize the danger of freezing pipes, and to help prevent damage and expensive repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to enable heat from the space to circulate around uninsulated pipes. Allow a trickle of cold and hot water to leak overnight; however, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold since that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated areas or against uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Make certain the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Turn off the water pipe leading into the structure to lower pressure on frozen pipes and reduce flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipe is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not noticeable, call in the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently notice slower water circulation and expect frozen pipelines, you need to call a plumber right away. Typically, problems like this can be resolved before any damage happens.
If you experience frozen pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing professionals, who use professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or reserve an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leakage service and utility room upkeep -- have a look at our site or give us a ring.
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