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Your Plumbing And Winter How To Keep Your Pipes Safe

Your Plumbing And Winter How To Keep Your Pipes Safe



Frozen pipes are a nightmare for any home's plumbing and cost thousands

of dollars to repair and replace. Find out how to prevent your plumbing

from freezing as well as what to do if you find yourself in this

precarious situation.

Frozen pipes are a nightmare for any home and cost thousands of dollars

to repair and replace. Find out how to prevent your plumbing from

freezing as well as what to do if you find yourself in this precarious

situation.

Your homes plumbing is vital to the comfort, safety and well-being of

your family. Your pipes provide your drinking and cooking water and

allow you to bathe. You couldnt go long without them. But if you dont

take care of them in the winter, you might have to.

Dont take the risk. Protect your plumbing from freezing before its too late.

Pipes that are exposed to cold, winter weather are capable of freezing

at any point once the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and

remains there for a few hours time.

If you live in a climate where the temperature dips below this level

often, you should make sure each pipe is insulated and consistently

check to ensure they have not been compromised. If you live in a warmer

climate where cold weather is more rare, your pipes are likely not

insulated and it is up to you to protect them.

When plumbing freezes, the water inside expands as it becomes ice and

can produce thousands of pounds of pressure, which can easily burst

through metal or plastic piping. Once this happens, hundreds of gallons

of water can pour into your home. The most common locations where this

often occurs are on outside walls or in an attic or basement not heated

with the rest of the house.

If you know cold weather is approaching, you can take precautionary

action by opening all of the faucets in your house just slightly,

letting them trickle even the smallest amount. This allows water to flow and keeps it from remaining stagnant and prone to becoming frozen. You

can also wrap a pipe with tape or other insulating material. Products to prevent freezing are also available at most hardware and home

improvement stores.

If you discover that your faucet does not produce any water once you

turn it on, this means you may already have a frozen pipe on your hands

and you need to act quickly. You should leave the faucet on and attempt

to locate where the freeze has occurred. Once you find it, you need to

thaw it.

If the trouble spot is located inside, you may be able to get away with

simply turning up the main heating source in the room, but you may need

to take more drastic action to speed up the process. Using a hair dryer, heat lamp or other direct heat source works well. You should avoid

using an open flame such as a blow torch, as this can do damage to your

plumbing.

If your pipes do burst, you will want to call a plumber immediately. The longer you wait, the potential for further damage increases, as does

the potential cost of repairs.

Dont leave the safety of your plumbing to chance. Be proactive and

endure the small headaches of taking precautionary measures now to avoid the big headache that the alternative may lead to later.

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