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Burst Pipe Prevention Season

As temperatures begin to cool, it’s time to look at what can happen to your pipes over time. Yes, changing temperatures means that your exposed plumbing system components can start to freeze. That main water line can run into issues where it connects to your home, especially if your home has problems with circulating heat. And, due to the fact that our weather patterns are constantly changing and breaking new records, we could see record-cold days early this fall.

So, as your expert plumber in the area, we’d like to talk specifically about ways to prevent a burst pipe in Bloomington, IL. Then, we’ll also discuss what you can do if you accidentally encounter one and need support.

Take a deep breath, burst pipes don’t become serious problems until things get cold and start to thaw, so you’ve got plenty of time to insulate your pipes and get in touch with a professional for an upgrade.

What Pipes Are in Danger of Freezing?

Take a quick stroll around your house and see if you notice any exposed pipes. These would be pipes that are sitting either outside of your house, connect to your house, or at least have a side of the pipe that’s facing the outdoors. These pipes are what we would consider prime targets for insulation and professional plumbing work, because they’ll definitely start to freeze when temperatures get cold enough.

While it’s true that moving water, such as the pressurized water in a plumbing pipe, has a harder time freezing than still water, we see pipes like these freeze all the time.

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

When it comes to frozen pipes, there are a few tips we would recommend.

For starters, one of the best ways to avoid frozen pipes in the winter is by leaving your cabinets open where the pipes are located. These cabinet doors can sometimes inhibit the flow of warm air throughout your home, which will leave your pipes in the cold! Spread some of the warmth created by your heating system by allowing that heat to reach them.

Pipe Insulation Can Help

Have you ever done a walk through the hardware store and noticed a pool-noodle-looking thing? Well, that’s actually pipe insulation, and it can be incredibly good at keeping your pipes in good shape throughout the winter. This insulation helps keep the head inside of your pipes while the water flows through them, stopping heat from exiting into the environment.

Contact a Professional Ahead of Time

In the event that you do encounter a burst pipe, make sure you call us ASAP. The reason is because a burst pipe can sometimes not even be much of a problem until the frozen ice inside of it begins to thaw. Once it thaws, it will create a gushing leak that can be messy and destroy some of your furniture. If you can call us while the pipe is still frozen, chances are good that we can mitigate the damage as much as possible.

Contact Pipeworks Inc. to have your burst pipe addressed by a pro!

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