Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Emporia KS
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a considerable risk for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and block the line. This clog can create excessive pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in vulnerable places-- no matter if the pipe is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny fracture can let loose more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen water pipes can trigger home damage, high repair expenses and disturbance of company.
Follow these plumbing ideas to help reduce the threat of freezing pipelines, and to help avoid damage and expensive repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to permit heat from the room to distribute around uninsulated pipes. Enable a drip of cold and hot water to leak over night; however, beware 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 spaces. 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.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Turn off the water pipe leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipelines and lessen flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair clothes dryer to thaw the ice clog if the frozen pipe is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, call in the experts at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently see slower water circulation and expect frozen pipes, you must call a plumber immediately. Usually, concerns like this can be fixed before any damage occurs.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who use expert pipe-thawing devices. Call or book a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leakage service and utility room maintenance -- check out our site or offer us a ring.
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