How to Thaw Frozen Drain Pipes : Tips and Tricks

Plumbing How To

During cold winters with freezing temperatures, frozen water pipes or frozen drain pipes are always a risk. In this Plumbing How To we will show you that when the water inside your plumbing pipes freezes, the ice inside will start to expand and block the flow of water through the frozen pipes and it might even burst pipes.

When pipes inside your walls, in the attic, the basement or underneath your floors freeze, the ice inside will start to expand, if the ice expands enough it will cause the frozen pipes to burst and they will start to spill gallons of water. The leaking water in turn can cause up to thousands of dollars of damage to your home. The winter months can be detrimental to more than just your pipes, if you need the exterior of your home looked at contact Cincinnati roofing.

How to Make Your Plumbing Freeze Proof for Winter

How to Make Your Plumbing Freeze Proof for Winter

There are several ways to make your plumbing freeze-proof. In this plumbing how-to we will provide you with information on two different ways to protect your home and its plumbing from freeze-damage depending on the situation. The first method described is is best used to protect the plumbing from freezing in homes that are occupied during winter months and the second method is best used when the property is vacant for a longer period of time.

Some easy ways to winterize your home when the heating is going to be 'on' are to choose a safe temperature to keep the heating thermostat on, to make sure to turn off parts of the water piping you won’t be needing, and finding the areas of your home that are prone to freezing and add sufficient insulation to those parts of your home, to keep your plumbing safe.

Home Winterizing Tips

Home Winterizing Tips

Every winter we receive hundreds of emails about broken or frozen pipes. To help you prevent some of these problems within your own plumbing we have provided a few home winterizing tips to assist you in winterizing your home. Although no plumber can give you a clear guarantee against frozen or broken pipes, it is still useful and even important that you take some preventive winterizing steps.

If you are not comfortable with DIY plumbing repairs, then you may prefer to contact a registered master plumber to do the work for you instead.

The main idea behind home winterization is the removal of most of the water which can freeze from within the pipelines and other areas of your plumbing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes

With winter slowly approaching it may be a good time to check your plumbing to prevent your plumbing pipes from freezing when the temperature starts to go down. When water freezes it will expand inside the pipes. When it expands enough it can cause the frozen pipes to burst resulting in serious damage to your home and plumbing. So it better to prevent frozen pipes with some DIY Plumbing then to have to call a plumber to fix them after they break.

The ice that forms inside the pipe does not normally cause the pipe to burst in that specific area where the blockage is occurring, but rather the pipe will break a little downstream between the blockage and a closed faucet in your kitchen or bathroom. When the water continues to freeze inside the pipes and the ice blockage expands, the water pressure in the sealed of section of the pipe between blockage and faucet will start to build up. When the water pressure gets to high this will lead to pipe failure.

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