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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes In Cold Weather

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

The colder months in Snohomish County can threaten the pipes in your business. While most business owners know the risk of frozen pipes in the winter, many don’t know the correct steps to prevention. As the days get colder, your property is at risk for frozen and subsequently burst pipes, to keep your plumbing from freezing follow the tips below;

1. Don’t Turn Off the Heat

If you need to leave your building for an extended period, keep the heat on. The temperature of the building can be below your comfort level but not too cold. The idea is to keep the internal temperature high enough that the pipes cannot freeze in your absence.

2. Use Heating Tape

Heating tape is applied to your pipes. This tape comes in two different forms but can be quite useful.

3. Let the Faucet Drip

In most circumstances, a dripping faucet might sound like a problem. To prevent frozen pipes, however, you can let the faucet drip in order to relieve pressure in the system. After all, it is the pressure from a frozen pipe that can cause it to burst.

4. Add Insulation

Basements and attics are common places to find pipes. However, they aren’t always insulated rooms. You can combat this by insulating the room or insulating the pipes. To protect the pipes, you can fit foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves over them.

5. Don’t close interior doors to keep heat circulating. 

If your pipes are located in cupboards, keep the cabinet doors open. This allows the heat from the building to keep your pipes warm.

Frozen pipes in the winter are avoidable. However, if you do find yourself with a frozen pipe situation, you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Lynnwood to help you. A frozen pipe can become a burst pipe very quickly.

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