Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Duck Creek MO
The severe cold integrated with wind chill produces a significant risk for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipeline, which in turn can broaden and obstruct the line. This clog can create excessive pressure throughout the system and trigger pipe failure in vulnerable places-- no matter if the pipeline is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen water pipes can cause residential or commercial property damage, high repair work costs and disruption of service.
Follow these plumbing tips to help lessen the threat of freezing pipes, and to help prevent damage and costly repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to allow heat from the room to distribute around uninsulated pipes. Enable a drip of hot and cold water to drip over night; however, take care not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold because that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipelines 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 susceptible to freezing.
Ensure the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water main leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipes and reduce flooding if the pipelines burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipe is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, contact the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently see slower water flow and expect frozen pipes, you should call a plumber immediately. Generally, problems like this can be solved prior to any damage happens.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing professionals, who use expert pipe-thawing devices. Call or reserve an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leakage service and laundry room maintenance -- take a look at our site or offer us a ring.
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