Crucial Information for Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes
As the temperature drops in the Northwest, homes everywhere are at risk of flooding because of frozen and burst pipes. The water damage can be extensive and lead to significant losses.To help you avoid that kind of terrible event, here are a few tips on how to prevent frozen pipes and what to do if it were to happen to you
Turn Your Taps On Periodically
A quick and simple way to keep the water flowing freely inside your pipes is to let the water run from your taps from time to time.
Running hot water will warm up the pipes, thereby preventing ice from forming. It’s also helpful for the cold water pipes since the circulation helps move water away from particularly cold spots.
Be Mindful Of Pipes in Your Garage or Attic
Many homes have plumbing that runs through parts of the house that aren’t heated or insulated, such as the attic or garage. Those are the spots where freezing is most likely to occur. Keeping the doors and windows closed at all times will go a long way towards retaining the heat and slowing down the freezing process
Install Heating Tape to Your Pipes
With an electric filament that provides warmth to the outside of your pipes, heating tape can be wrapped around your plumbing to prevent it from freezing. These solutions are great for problem areas. However, they do consume electricity. As an alternative, you can try adding some foam insulation to your pipes.
What to Do When Your Pipes Freeze
Water expands when it turns to ice. If that happens inside your pipes, it creates considerable pressure that can lead to a break and eventual flooding.
Before you begin to attempt to thaw the ice, you may wish to turn the water supply valve to your home off so that should a burst occur, you won’t be faced with a relentless rush of water.
With the water main off, you can also turn a few taps on around the house to help relieve some of the built-up pressure inside the pipes.To thaw the ice inside your pipes, you can use a common hairdryer on the hottest setting pointed directly at the affected area. You can also try warming the surrounding area using space heaters or a heat lamp.
If the ice blockage continues, it’s best to call for the assistance of a plumbing professional. With specialized tools and extensive know-how, the pros at Allied Plumbing and Pumps can restore the pipes in your Wenatchee home back to normal working condition. Call us today at 509-662-6622 for an appointment.