Frozen Pipe Service Wheaton Illinois
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Frozen Pipes Wheaton
One of the dangers of winter is frozen water pipes. This is not as much of a problem in newer homes, but older homes tend to be at higher risk because of older insulation and lack of winterizing techniques back when they were built. When water freezes inside a pipe the flow of water is stopped, but that is the minor issue. The major issue comes from when the ice expands. Ice is one of the few things on earth that expand when it reaches the freezing point. This can cause the sides of your pipes to expand and possibly break. When the pipes break and thaw the water starts to flow again, leaking out where you don’t want it to. By following these simple steps you can keep your pipes from breaking.
- Check temperatures in your home
- Take preventative measures
- Winterizing your pipes
Check the Lines
Know what the temperature around your pipes is will allow you to keep a better eye out. When the outside temperature drops to below 32 degrees you should check once to find the coldest spots in the home. Often times because pipes are in hard to reach places, a laser thermometer comes in handy. A closer eye is needed when the temperature outside drops to 20 degrees as this is when most inside pips that are at risk will be in danger. Pipes typically do not have a high risk of bursting until the temperature drops to below 20 degrees. If you notice a part of your home that has water pipes that drops to 32 degrees inside the home, be sure to check those water lines often or take preventative measures.
There is more that you can do besides ripping open the walls inside your home to keep your pipes from freezing. Making sure that the temperature inside your home does not drop below 55 degrees, and that the cabinets for pips that are on an outside wall are open can help prevent them from freezing. Keeping a slow stream of water will also help prevent your pipes from freezing. However, if you notice that no water comes out, or that a slow running faucet stops, it means a pipe has frozen. The damage might not already be done, and it is important to unfreeze the pipe. Using an electric heating device, such as a hairdryer, or a wet towel that is soaked in hot water, warm the pipe that is frozen. It is not recommended to use an open flame as that has a high risk of causing a fire, and do not leave electrical devices operational and unsupervised.
Winterizing Water Lines
Making sure that your pipes are well insulated is important in preventing them from freezing. This is especially important on pipes on outside walls and in the basement if the basement gets very cold. Though that is not the only thing to watch out for. Outside fixtures are more vulnerable to the cold than pipes inside the walls. Outside fixtures, such as faucets, often have shut off valves on the inside of the home. To winterize these simple close the shutoff valve and then open the fixture to allow the water to drain.
If you can not thaw a line with a blow dryer or hot towel, stop there. The problem is bigger than just the exposed pipes you can see, and if there is a bigger problem inside the wall than thawing it yourself might cause more problems. We can help when your pipes freeze or when your pipes do burst getting them fixed quick makes all the difference. Call Mas Plumbing and we’ll come out and get your pipes back in working order quickly.