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Steps to Avoid Pipes from Freezing

Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

There are several ways to survive your pipes during winter, and exposing lines to warmer air is an effective solution. Simple methods such as closing garage doors, opening kitchen and bathroom doors can allow warmer air around the plumbing system. Hence, you need to keep the thermostat set at the same temperature at night as during the day. When you plan on vacation, leave the heat in the house, set to a temperature to a lesser degree of about 50 ° F.


Ways to Protect Pipes

It is better to prepare the pipes before the colder days come, and if problems occur, ask help from pipe repair Los Angeles, CA to minimize issues during winter.

 

• Ensure the vents are closed in your crawl space, and the crawl space door should be closed. The attic, basement, and crawl space must have insulation to maintain higher temperatures in this area.

 

• Secure all corners of the house where water supply lines are located in areas that do not heat up, including the garage and under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Insulate the hot and cold-water pipes in these areas to prevent it from freezing winter.

 

• Drain the water from the swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines, following the manufacturer's instructions.

 

• Remove, drain, and store hoses used outside the home. Close inside valves, provide external hose bibs and open the outside hose bibs to let the water drain. Left open the outdoor valve allowing any water left in the pipe to be expanded without further damage.

 

• Pipe sleeve or any similar material is ideal for insulation to protect exposed water pipes from the cold winter. The newspaper can provide significant protection in areas where there is usually no frequent temperatures below freezing. Relocating exposed pipes is an excellent way to provide increased protection from freezing.

 

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you suspect a frozen pipe, you can wrap it with a warm cloth. Do not use an open flame device. If you cannot thaw the pipe, call a professional plumber. They can help you check all pipeline connections in the home to find out the frozen pipes. They will diagnose and repair the problem, so the issue is resolved long-term and prevent it from occurring.


What to Avoid

Avoid using antifreeze since it is environmentally harmful and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping. Do not use open flame because this can cause pipes to melt. Avoid running water in the lines since it will be freezing and cause your pipes to freeze even more.