30 Dec Have a Frozen Pipe Problem? Let Your Trusted Denver Plumber Handle It
Whenever the winter season kicks in, people’s minds tend to fill with gorgeous images of snow. Unfortunately, they can also be filled with not-so-gorgeous ones only winter can bring about. One image you won’t likely want to see is that of your pipes freezing up.
In winter, frozen pipes are definitely an unbearable sight. The American Red Cross explains why these are a problem:
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
If you’ve ever faced a frozen pipe problem before, you would know that it often happens at the most inopportune moments during winter. When the problem presents itself, it’s best to have it taken care of as soon as possible. Turn off the main water supply and call your trusted Denver plumber to have the problem fixed.
Preventing pipes from bursting
Partial running water and meters or water pipes that feel extremely cold could indicate that part of the plumbing system is already frozen. Have your frozen water passages cleared as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of pipes bursting, as this can lead to serious property damage. If you’re worried that your frozen pipes might soon burst, contact a reliable plumber in Denver like Total Plumbing, Inc. immediately. Such companies use electric thawing machines instead of torches so you won’t have to deal with fire damage to the wall or ceiling from an open flame.
To prevent your pipes from freezing come next winter, consider relocating exposed pipes to places where they are unlikely to freeze, such as inside a home or underground. If the pipes in your crawlspace, basement, or attic often freeze during winter, add insulation to these areas. Insulation helps maintain a higher temperature in these locations, which can effectively protect pipes from freezing once the cold season hits.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes, American Red Cross)