Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Katy TX
The severe cold combined with wind chill produces a substantial threat for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipeline, which in turn can expand and obstruct the line. This clog can create extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipeline is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a small crack can release 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 costs and disruption of business.
Follow these plumbing tips to help reduce the risk of freezing pipes, and to assist prevent damage and costly repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to enable heat from the room to flow around uninsulated pipelines. Enable a trickle of hot and cold water to drip overnight; nevertheless, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold because that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated locations or against uninsulated outdoors walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cable televisions 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 pipe leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipes and decrease flooding if the pipelines burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice clog if the frozen pipe is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not noticeable, contact the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently notice slower water circulation and expect frozen pipelines, you need to call a plumbing immediately. Typically, problems like this can be dealt with prior to any damage occurs.
If you experience frozen water pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who utilize professional pipe-thawing equipment. Call or schedule a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leak service and utility room maintenance -- check out our website or offer us a ring.
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