Oct
03

Preventing and Thawing a Frozen Water Pipe

Well, it’s again time to start thinking and foreseeing possible issues with your plumbing. Here is plumbing 101 that will help you prevent frozen water pipes and detect frozen water pipe systems and thaw frozen water pipes.

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Frozen Water Pipes

Beware the unexpected cold snap or deep freeze. Frozen water pipes are a serious risk during very cold winter weather. When water freezes in a pipe it expands and can exert pressure over 2,000 pounds per square inch. This pressure is enough to rupture most any pipe filled with water which provides no place for the ice to expand.

When the pipe bursts it will spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, and that equates to thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Sad when you consider how easy it is to prevent a frozen water pipe.

Risky Locations

  • Pipes are most susceptible to freezing when located:
  • In an outside wall;
  • Under a sink on an outside wall;
  • In an unheated crawlspace.

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