Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Fort Scott KS
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipeline, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This clog can develop extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipe is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can cause property damage, high repair expenses and disruption of service.
Follow these plumbing pointers to help reduce the threat of freezing pipelines, and to assist avoid damage and pricey repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to enable heat from the space to distribute around uninsulated pipes. Permit a drip 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 extreme cold because that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated locations or against uninsulated outdoors 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 turned on in the structure and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water main leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipelines and lessen flooding if the pipelines burst.
Use a hair clothes 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 visible, contact the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently discover slower water circulation and expect frozen pipelines, you should call a plumber right away. Normally, concerns like this can be solved prior to any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or book an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and laundry room upkeep -- have a look at our website or give us a ring.
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