Frozen Pipes Boulder

On February 9, 2011, in Plumbing Boulder, by planet2o

The Winter Nightmare: Frozen Pipes in Boulder

Each winter in America, a 250,000 families have their homes severely damaged and their lives disrupted due to frozen water pipes in their home, as reported by State Farm Insurance. Fixing a frozen pipe can be a incredibly difficult. An 8-inch crack in a pipe can release as much as 250 gallons of water in a day.

How to prepare for frozen pipes. Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes in Boulder and Longmont Colorado.

Insulate and wrap your home’s pipes. Pipes that are exposed are the most susceptible to freezing up. You can get commercial foam or insulation that fits around the majority of pipes. Even wrapping newspaper around a pipe provides some insulation. Where should you look for pipes that may need insulation or are in danger of bursting? Begin with the crawl spaces and attics inyour house – these are areas where the home’s heating system doesn’t warm the pipes effectively. Other places to inspect your pipes include the basement, garage, and exterior walls that are exposed to the winter weather.

Seal Cold Air Leaks. When temperatures are very cold, a small leak in a house can cause pipes to freeze. Seal leaks that are allowing frigid air to gain entry to your Boulder home. You can inspect for leaking air spaces around electrical wiring, dryer vents and other pipes that exit the house. You can stop the leaks with caulk or insulation. If you are very concerned about your home’s pipes, consider insulating the pipes with approved heat tape or heat cables.

Turn Off Water. Turn off the water supply to any outside faucets and disconnect hoses. Once you have turned off the water, the Boulder or Longmont homeowner should open the faucet and leave it open all winter which prevents any remaining water water in the pipes from freezing up.

Here are a few more tips can help prevent frozen pipe disasters in your home.

Allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes near walls by opening cabinets below your sink and bathroom sink areas.

Always keep the garage door closed.

If you think your pipes to the outdoors may have water in them still, turn the water on enough to let water drip overnight, ideally from an outside faucet. Doing this should prevent the pipes from freezing.

If you are taking a vacation or will be out of your home for an extended time during winter weather, set the thermostat at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

If your pipes do freeze:

Be careful. If you turn on the faucets and no water releases, this is a sign you may have frozen pipes. If you have determined that your pipes have frozen, turn on the water to a trickle. Put a space heater in the area where the pipes are frozen and slowly heat the pipes up, and monitor the faucet. You may even be able to thaw a frozen pipe with a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe with the hair dryer as near to the faucet as possible and continue warming the pipe down to the coldest section of pipe. Once the water begins to flow again, inspect the pipes to insure they have not developed any tiny leaks. Inspect the pipe thoroughly through the entire length of pipe as there may be small leaks in other areas of the pipe.

Be smart. Never use any type of open flame or torch to heat up a pipe. If you there is standing water in your home from a broke pipe, do not use electrical appliances where there is water – you don’t want to suffer from an electric shock or electrocution.

Call the Plumbing Boulder experts at 303-440-4330. If you are up to doing the things mentioned above about your frozen pipes, call a professional plumber who can fix your frozen pipe problem.

Call the professionals at Planet Plumbing and Drain today at 303-440-4330 to solve all your plumbing problems!

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