Here’s how you can prevent frozen pipes this year in O’Fallon IL
It’s November in O’Fallon Illinois which means we’re waiting around for the first big freeze and winter storm of the season. It’s this type of weather that brings about one of this area’s most dreaded winter plumbing problems – frozen pipes! Frozen pipes can leave your home without water for washing dishes, bathing, cleaning, and more. However, every year, people neglect to take the proper steps to prevent pipe freeze and keep their systems running. Below, read about some of the ways that you can prevent pipe freeze and what you can do to thaw them out if you’ve forgotten to prepare for this, again!
Pipe Freeze Prevention:
Prevent Cold Spots
One of the best ways that you can fight pipe freeze is by limiting the places where pipe freeze can happen. Frozen pipes are common in places that aren’t touched by the home’s central heating system, which can include the space underneath sinks, attics, basements, garages, etc. Be preventing these areas from dropping below freezing, you’ll significantly reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
Wall insulation is a great long-term solution to this problem. It’s affordable and available at almost any hardware store, and it’s easy to install by yourself if you’re following the proper procedures. It won’t take long to install, but it can save you time trying to unthaw your pipes.
Insulating your pipes is a solution for places where wall insulation won’t work or won’t fit. Pipe insulations are foam tubes that are cut open so they can fit around plumbing pipes. These can be very effective at fighting pipe freeze.
Let Faucets Drip
This is an old method, and it’s not without controversy. The idea is that by letting water drip through your water lines, the flow of that water will prevent the pipe from freezing. While this may be true, it may also be the reason your winter water bills shoot through the roof. Make this a last resort for preventing pipe freeze!
Thawing Frozen Pipes:
A hairdryer can be an effective way to unfreeze pipes if you know what you’re doing and you’re being careful. However, it’s important to note that water will expand when it freezes, and rapidly warming the surface of the pipe with the ice inside could cause the pipe to burst, which is a whole different problem!
A space heater is a dangerous way to accomplish this task. The problem here is the electricity that’s needed to run a space heater. If you’re using this method, you must keep a watchful eye on the space heater and the pipes to ensure electrical outlets combined with melting ice aren’t creating a fire hazard!
Heated tape should really only be used by professionals as it’s actually just a cord that runs on electricity and heats up when plugged in. It can be used to wrap around frozen pipes, but it’s not recommended – there are better, safer ways to accomplish this task!
Call a Professional
Do you really trust your own plumbing skills? Well, you probably shouldn’t. Without specialized training, you could make a bad move that puts everyone in jeopardy. Your best bet? Call Darwyn’s Plumbing, Inc. to have them thawed out safely and quickly!