In Cahokia, IL, and throughout the Metro East Area, winter temperatures can drop into the negatives. When this happens, it puts your pipes at risk of freezing, which could have some serious consequences when it comes to your plumbing system. However, there are things you can do to prevent pipe freeze at your home or business and save yourself from costly repairs. Review these quick tips to prevent pipe freeze, and call your local plumbers for repairs when you need them!
This doesn’t mean let your faucet drip all of the time. However, when it’s unusually cold, and your pipes are at risk of freezing, the moving water from the dripping faucet will prevent pipe freeze. Leave the faucet that’s furthest away from the main water line on to ensure water has to move through the entire system.
If you have plumbing lines underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink, it could be helpful to keep those doors open to ensure the warm air from the rest of the home is getting in there.
While it may be too late to think about new insulation by the time a cold snap hits, it’s always a step you can take to prevent frozen pipes. Available at any hardware store, insulate walls and crawl spaces that have plumbing running through them.
You can buy foam rolls and special heated tape as temporary options when you’re experiencing cold temperatures. However, you’ll only be able to apply heated tape to pipes that are easily accessible and can be monitored.
Space heaters can be used to heat plumbing that’s exposed in garages, basements, attics, crawl spaces, etc. You’ll want to be able to monitor these space heaters as they’ll be plugged in for long periods of time. So, don’t put them anywhere that you can’t easily get to.
Contact Morrison Plumbing for all your frozen pipe problems in the Cahokia, IL area!