Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Orchard Mesa CO
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a significant risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and block the line. This blockage can produce extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipe failure in vulnerable places-- no matter if the pipeline is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny fracture can release more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can trigger home damage, high repair work costs and disruption of service.
Follow these plumbing ideas to assist reduce the danger of freezing pipes, and to help avoid damage and expensive repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the space to flow around uninsulated pipes. Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to leak overnight; however, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold since that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated areas or against uninsulated outdoors walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cable televisions around pipes that are exposed and susceptible to freezing.
Ensure the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water pipe leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipelines burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipe is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not noticeable, hire the experts at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently notice slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipes, you need to call a plumbing professional immediately. Usually, problems like this can be solved before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or book a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and utility room maintenance -- have a look at our site or give us a ring.
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