Anyone who has ever dealt with problems caused by frozen pipes knows that’s an experience no one wants to repeat. In many cases, the frozen pipes simply were overlooked when it came time to think about winterizing a home or office. Sometimes, though, people assumed the steps being taken were enough to keep the pipes from freezing, only to discover their preventive measures didn’t work.
Causes of Frozen Pipes
There are actually three major causes of frozen pipes. The first one is a quick drop in temperature. You might leave the house in a morning where the outside temperature is sixty degrees, but a sudden cold snap might race through, dropping temperatures down into the low twenties. That kind of temperature drop is perfect to make pipes freeze. The second cause of a frozen pipe is poor insulation. Many of us take the time to make sure our homes and offices are well-insulated, but we tend to overlook insulating the pipes. Lastly, pipes can often burst if the thermostat of a home or office is set too low. You might be going away for the weekend and decide that you’re going to set the thermostat for fifty degrees. An unexpected cold snap during your absence causes the internal temperature of the home or office to drop quickly, and that translates directly to having a pipe freeze on you.
Preventing Freezing Pipes
If you’re looking to make sure that your pipes don’t freeze, TVI Supply has a variety of answers. Most of these solutions are inexpensive and simple to put into action.
1. Insulate the pipes in any crawlspace you have or in your attic. You might think this isn’t necessary if you live in a region where freezing temperatures aren’t common, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. All it takes is one freak ice storm coming through to catch most people off-guard.
2. Wrap the pipes with heat tape. You can get both internal and external heat tape, and it’s easy to use.
3. Make sure that any area around the pipes is completely sealed. When you’ve got a small opening, for example, and some powerful freezing wind blowing in, it can be enough to freeze a pipe.
4. Drain water from garden hoses and disconnect them. Cover outside faucets with weatherproof covers. You should also try to drain out any water from the pipe, providing you have an internal water shut-off.
5. Keep cabinets open that contain pipes. The warm air from the surroundings will help to keep the pipes from freezing.
Should the Pipes Freeze
If you find your pipes have frozen, the first thing you need to do is keep the faucets turned on. After that, consider calling a plumber. Using a hair dryer, try to warm up the pipe, moving from the area closest to the faucet towards the back of the pipe. If you discover that the pipe has frozen and has burst, you’re going to want to turn the water off from the main valve and leave the faucets turned on.
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