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How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a frozen faucet Frozen pipes can cause substantial water damage.

There are several ways you can prepare your commercial building in Black Forrest, CO, for the winter. One of the main tasks on your seasonal maintenance list should be protecting your pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can cause substantial water damage, so following these precautionary tips can save you a lot of time and money.

Precautionary Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes

Focus on Location

There are several places in your building where pipes are particularly vulnerable to freezing outdoor temperatures:

  • Connected to outdoor water lines
  • Adjacent to an external wall
  • Inside cabinets, unheated attics or crawl spaces

When water freezes, it expands, putting strain on the pipe's structure. Broken pipes can spray a lot of water into the space around them, causing water damage that you may not know is there until it saturates the wall or disintegrates the cabinet's structure. By giving the areas that are most vulnerable to freezing temperatures a little extra attention at the start of the season, you are more likely to avoid this problem. You can add more insulation, apply heated tape directly to the pipes or increase the warm air flow to more remote spaces.

Maintain Heat Levels

Pipes have to get below a certain temperature to freeze, so anything you can do to keep them warm is a solid prevention strategy. One trick is simply keeping the thermostat set on warm around the clock. It's also a good idea to allow the faucets to drip, especially overnight when temperatures tend to plummet. Water cleanup specialists recommend opening cabinet doors to increase the flow of warm air to the pipes within them. Even if you notice the telltale slow trickle that indicates a pipe is frozen when you turn on the faucet, you may still be able to thaw the pipe before it bursts. Warm the pipe, then turn the faucet back on to see if the pressure has returned to normal.

Frozen pipes are not inevitable. They and the water damage they cause can often be prevented by adding a few more items to your winterization checklist.

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