Dealing With Frozen Pipes
When it comes to plumbing problems, frozen pipes are at the top of the list for things that homeowners should try to prevent. When your pipes freeze, no water will flow into your faucets, toilets or showers. In addition to the inconvenience of not having running water, frozen pipes can cause serious property damage that is costly to repair. Fortunately, you can take preventative measures to prevent your plumbing system from freezing and avoid a lot of unnecessary problems.
Why Does a Plumbing System Freeze?
The reason a plumbing system freezes is simple: The plumbing pipes are exposed to the temperatures that are below the 32-degree freezing temperature of water. There are several reasons why your pipes may be exposed to freezing temperatures. One reason is the failure of your homes heating system. When your home’s heating system fails during cold weather, all of the water pipes in your house are in danger of freezing and even bursting.
Water pipes that are exposed to outside temperatures are also vulnerable to freezing. Basement water pipes and pipes exposed to outside temperatures such as hose bibs are particularly likely to freeze during a cold spell.
How Can I Prevent This?
You can prevent your water pipes from freezing by taking a few precautionary measures to ensure that your water pipes are protected from cold weather. Call your local plumbing contractor to schedule an inspection of your homes plumbing system. A professional plumber will identify the areas where your plumbing system is vulnerable, and he will take precautionary measures to prevent your water pipes from freezing.
A professional plumber will wrap any water pipes that are susceptible to freezing in insulation. He may also apply heat tape to water lines that are located outside the house or in any other places that are likely to freeze during cold weather.
Why Is It Important To Keep This From Happening?
There are several good reasons that it is important to keep your water lines from freezing. the first reason is the obvious one: You can’t get any water into your house when your pipes are frozen. More importantly, you need to keep your water pipes from freezing to avoid costly repairs in the event of your frozen water pipes bursting.
When water pipes burst, they send a great many gallons of water into your home that can cause a lot of property damage. Some of the damages caused by water include rotted floors and walls, destroyed flooring and mold.
Is the cold Montgomery winter making you think about the security of your plumbing system? Call Cole Plumbing today at (334) 279-8919 for top quality frozen pipe services.