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Frozen Pipe Prevention

Winter’s cold temperatures can have a devastating effect on your plumbing, causing frozen and burst pipes. At Midwest Remediation, following our frozen pipe prevention suggestions may help you avoid this expensive disaster. Call (317) 826-0940 or request a free estimate now. We serve Indianapolis including Central Indiana and the surrounding areas.

Cause of Winter Pipe Freezing & Breaking

The water that enters your pipes during wintertime is much colder than the water of summer months. As cold water enters the pipe, the pipe contracts. The effect of contraction is what causes weak areas of the pipe to leak, until one day the pipe may burst.

Currently there’s not a simple way to heat up the temperature around the outside of your home, so an alternative solution is to be alert and aware of your plumbing system and to check for leaks. Even if we can’t stop the leaks that form when the temperature drops, put the following tips into practice to lessen the chance of pipes freezing and bursting.

Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips

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    Keep the water flowing. If the weather outside is extremely cold, keep one or two faucets slowly running. The constant trickle of water through your pipes prevents the pipe from freezing.

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    Warm it Up. The pipes most prone to freezing tend to be the ones near an outside wall or near the window. If possible, direct warm air to the colder areas. Start in the basement by checking the pipes near the exterior of your home.

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    Leave cabinet doors open. If your kitchen sink is on an outside wall, leave the cabinet doors open so that warm air can circulate and allow a trickle of water to flow through the faucet during cold weather extremes.

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    Tape it up. Have a plumber temporarily install heat tape during cold weather, which helps warm the pipes.

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    Seal leaks. Be mindful of any air leaks around the electrical wiring, dryer vents, and most especially the pipes. Keep out the cold using insulation or caulk. With the severity of winter, even one small opening can bring with it enough cold air to cause a pipe to become frozen.

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When the temperature plummets, protect your pipes by implementing the frozen pipe prevention tips from Midwest Remediation. But despite your best intentions, if a water emergency hits your home or business, call us at (317) 826-0940 or request a free estimate now. We serve Indianapolis including Central Indiana and the surrounding areas. Check out our who we are and FAQ pages for more information.

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