Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Barbourmeade KY
The severe cold combined with wind chill creates a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and block the line. This obstruction can develop excessive pressure throughout the system and cause 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 disturbance of business.
Follow these plumbing tips to assist decrease the threat of freezing pipes, 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 space to flow around uninsulated pipelines. Allow a drip of cold and hot water to drip overnight; however, take care not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold since that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipelines in unheated areas or versus uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and vulnerable to freezing.
Make sure the heat is switched on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water pipe leading into the structure to minimize pressure on frozen pipelines and decrease flooding if the pipelines burst.
Utilize a hair clothes dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipeline is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not noticeable, hire the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently see slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipelines, you should call a plumbing technician immediately. Typically, problems like this can be dealt with before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize professional pipe-thawing equipment. Call or reserve a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leak service and utility room maintenance -- check out our site or offer us a ring.
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