Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips South Woodstock CT
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a considerable risk for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipeline, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This obstruction can produce extreme pressure throughout the system and trigger pipe failure in vulnerable places-- no matter if the pipe is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a small fracture can release more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can cause property damage, high repair costs and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing pointers to assist decrease the danger of freezing pipes, and to assist prevent damage and costly repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to enable heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes. Allow a drip of cold and hot water to drip overnight; however, beware not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold because that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated locations 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 vulnerable to freezing.
Ensure the heat is switched on in the structure and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut off the water pipe leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipelines 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 pipes are not noticeable, hire the experts at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently notice slower water flow and expect frozen pipelines, you need to call a plumbing technician immediately. Normally, problems like this can be fixed before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who use professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or reserve an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leakage service and laundry room upkeep -- have a look at our website or give us a ring.
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