Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Oxford CT
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a considerable danger for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and obstruct the line. This clog can produce excessive pressure throughout the system and trigger pipeline failure in vulnerable places-- no matter if the pipeline is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a small crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can trigger property damage, high repair costs and interruption of company.
Follow these plumbing pointers to help minimize the threat of freezing pipelines, and to help prevent damage and pricey repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to permit heat from the room to distribute around uninsulated pipelines. Permit a drip of hot and cold water to drip overnight; nevertheless, take care not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold because that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipelines in unheated areas or against uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and vulnerable to freezing.
Make sure the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Shut off the water pipe leading into the structure to lower pressure on frozen pipelines and decrease flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair clothes dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipeline is exposed and noticeable. (Do not utilize an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not visible, call in the experts at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently see slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipes, you need to call a plumber immediately. Typically, issues like this can be dealt with before any damage happens.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing professionals, who use expert pipe-thawing devices. Call or schedule a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and laundry room maintenance -- check out our website or provide us a ring.
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