- January 25, 2022
- Posted by: ProActive Sewer and Drain
- Category: Drain Lines, Drain Main, Winter
When pipes freeze what happens?
Frozen pipes are not a commonly accepted part of home ownership. Homeowners often find themselves surprises and distress when their plumbing system becomes unusable due to frozen conditions in the winter time, which can be attributed by several factors including improper installation or lack thereof maintenance on these systems over years before they became stop functioning properly . Here’s how you avoid this problem:
- The coldness of winter can really affect your home’s pipes. When it gets down to 20 degrees or lower, water inside the pipe will freeze and cause them to burst which then causes major flooding in homes with no protection against this type damage!
- It’s not just your living area that can be chilly–the pipes in the attic and basement are often so cold they’re brittle, making them easier to break than when it is heated. This could cause you some problems!
- The pipes in your exterior walls are right up against the cold. This position can be made worse by insufficient insulation or cracks that let in freezing air, making these locations an tempting place for frost to form on its own!
- Insufficient insulation – When it’s cold outside, your pipes are at risk for freezing. Make sure you have enough insulation in the walls and attic of any building that might be housing plumbing fixtures!
- Drafty areas – What you feel on cold days is just a fraction of what’s really out there. The wind chill factor takes away any feeling that might be left and instead leaves an icy tingle up your spine as it withdraws into itself, leaving only pain behind to remind us we can’t keep going like this forever- unless someone saves us with their warmth before time runs its course.
How to prevent frozen pipes
Winter is coming, but you can take precautions to protect yourself and your home. Protecting yourself against the cold winter weather includes making sure that all pipes in contact with water or other substances such as gas heaters are properly insulated so they don’t freeze over night!
- Seal up cracks in exterior walls – If you see any cracks in your exterior walls, seal them up right away. These can be dangerous because they may lead to water seeping into the house and cause more problems down the line! Be sure that there are no gaps for rainwater or snowfall so nothing gets inside as well- these will only get worse over time if left unattended for long periods of time
- Adding insulation to unheated interior spaces can save your pipes! If you have insufficiently insulated attic or crawlspace, adding more could make a big difference.
- Open cabinets under sinks – The open cabinets under sinks allow heated air to circulate around the pipes, making for a more even distribution of heat.
- Insulate the pipes themselves – To prevent pipes from freezing, insulate the heck out of them!
Pipe insulation is an affordable and effective way to keep your home’s heating systems running smoothly all winter long. To do this just wrap exposed steel or copper surfaces with heavy duty foil thermal tape (or other similar products) before filling up their jackets with something cold like sand so that there will be less chance for conduction heat loss when it gets really cold outside.
- Keep your home heated – The best way to keep your home warm when you’re out of town is by leaving the thermostat set at least 55 degrees.
- Open faucets – The cold winter months are coming up, so now is a great time to open your faucets and let some water run. This will help keep pipes from bursting or breaking when it’s really freezing out!
What can I do if my pipes get frozen
You may have a frozen pipe if you notice that the water isn’t running properly and it’s below freezing. To protect your plumbing, take these steps:
- Turn off all valves outside of homes or places where they’re not needed (like car West Facing Bathroom)? this will help prevent burst pipes due to chill air entering home when system defrosts; -Open windows in rooms with WINDSCREEN DOOR HANDLE THE EXTERIOR SIDE OF HOME BEFORE TURNING OFF VALVES BELOW GROUND FLOOR LEVEL TO KEEP OUT COLD AIR THAT CAN CAUSE FREEZING).
- Shut off your main water supply valve. Shut it tight and don’t forget about that pesky left-hand side too!
G households often face challenges when managing their home’s plumbing systems, but luckily this can be easily fixed by following some easy steps in shutting down the lines at first aid kit locations throughout each house before calling for professional assistance if needed or just waiting until an emergency arises so you’re not wasting precious time trying to figure out where things go while being exposed directly…
- You might think that the only place you can find frozen pipes is in basements, crawl spaces and attics. However there’s one other common spot for these elusive objects: exterior walls or under sinks! You’ll often see frost on them because of how cold it gets down below-not to mention all those winter storms with their chilly winds blowing off snowdrifts high up into houses without any windows open so they’re just sitting inside waiting patiently until spring comes along again next year…
- Be sure to open up all of those faucets you know are connected on the other side! This will allow extra pressure that’s been building up in pipes far and wide, which may have frozen portions mixed within them.
- When you see a leaky pipe, don’t hesitate to call for help (720) 780-0001 or make an online appointment. Service in Denver Metro Area
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- The easiest way to thaw your pipes is with the use of heat. If you have access, try using a hairdryer or space heater – do not even touch open flames! A great option for quick surfaced pvc pipe that needs an ice-creamsicle treatment on it’s exterior only (so they don’t get damage) would be putting these in running hot water by themselves until all parts are molded together again; then taking them out when finished Reefers can also sometimes help if there isn’t enough natural light coming through