(PRWEB) December 14, 2009
Frequent occurrences of freezing and bursting pipes place plumbers in high demand during winter. Exposed water pipes in attics, crawl spaces and external walls are all vulnerable to freezing in subzero temperatures, especially if small cracks in the building leak in cold air to reach non-insulated pipes. When water freezes it also expands - with enough expansion, the water pipe bursts open and floods the home. Water related damage includes ruined floors, walls and furniture as well as hazardous mold growth. Aplumbers (http://www.aplumbers.com) point to pipe insulation as the sure remedy to prevent frozen pipes and their costly complications.
Heat tape, fiberglass or foam rubber sleeves are great insulators that keep exposed pipes warm throughout winter. Aside from pipe insulation, disconnecting outdoor water connections and draining exterior piping will also minimize freezing problems. In an effort to prevent frozen pipe http://www.aplumbers.com/service/pipe-fitting/frozen-pipes complications, nationwide aplumbers advise homeowners to close their main water supply before leaving their properties for long Christmas holidays. As cracks can introduce cold air to flow across water pipes, sealing small holes on outside walls will go a long way at preventing freezing pipes.
A freezing pipe can be rectified provided fast and immediate action is taken. A homeowner needs to close water supply to the frozen section and open faucets to release trapped steam. Applying direct heat on the frozen section may split open the pipe due to thermal expansion. APlumbers suggest the following methods to safely thaw a freezing pipe:
1. Wrap hot rags on a frozen pipe.
2. Switch on a hairdryer and thaw starting from faucet towards frozen section.
3. Direct a space heater on the frozen section.
Freezing pipes can be easily avoided this winter 2009/10 with proper insulation. Sudden water pressure fluctuations indicate frozen pipes. With safe thawing a freezing pipe can be defrosted without causing water related damage to the home.
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