Cold Weather and Frozen Pipes
Article by: Darin "Sid" Cameron
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If your home , Bonsai Care gets too cold, , "Free Plants, Seeds and Flowers" the water , Native Trees and Plants For Carbon County, PA in your pipes can freeze overnight and then burst in the day when it warms back up. This leaves the potential for extensive flooding and water , A Look at Fireplace Mantel Surrounds damage to your home. , Pruning the Backyard Grapevine The pipes you need to be most concerned about are those that have the most exposure to the cold , Candles and the Bedroom -- outdoor , The Quick and Easy Formula For Pottery Buying hose faucets, swimming pool supply lines, underground sprinkler systems, and plumbing , Attracting Birds To Your Garden in unheated basements, , The Soil in Our Gardens crawl spaces, attics and garages. , How to Prune Pear Trees Pipes that run against exterior walls , Everything...Plus The Kitchen Sink are also at risk.
What to do…
When it's cold outside, , Everything...Plus The Kitchen Sink you should periodically check all the faucets in your home. , Clay Soils Planting Tips If it doesn't work or water , Granite might of stone - Info and Facts is just a trickle you may have frozen water , How to Prune Pear Trees in your pipes. Attempt to locate the frozen area by looking in the area most likely to freeze- i.e. the coldest. Use a heat , The Hosta - A Shade Loving Perennial lamp, space heater, hair dryer , How to Choose the Right Bulbs for Your Spring Flower Garden or electrical heat , The Benefits Of Owning Kids Bunk Beds pad to begin to thaw out the pipes. Remember to keep the faucet open as you work. That's because running water , When replacing a fountain pump or choosing a new one, first
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there are some key terms to keep in mind store to purchase insulation for the areas of the pipe that froze (to help prevent it from happening again).
DO NOT use any sort of blow torch or open flame to warm the pipes. I can not stress this enough, so let me say it again. DO NOT use an open flame. First off, an open flame is a fire , Orange Perennials For Your Garden hazard and if you are working in a confined area there is a threat of carbon , Flowers That Beautify Your Home and Garden monoxide poisoning. Every year there is a story in the news of some person burning down their home , The Finishing Steps to Building Your Log Cabin: Roofing, Sid or suffocating themselves to death while working on frozen pipes.
The second reason not to use an open flame is if it gets too hot , Learn how to shop for a gas grill you can melt your pipes (especially PVC plastic , Cold Weather and Frozen Pipes pipes). Third, too much heat , The Quick and Easy Formula For Pottery Buying too quickly creates the potential for an explosion. That's because water , Cold Weather and Frozen Pipes expands as it gets hot. , Buying or Building A Water Fountain: Things to Consider A blow torch or other device will cause the water , Everything...Plus The Kitchen Sink to boil, and boiling water , A Smart Spin for the Container-Challenged trapped in the middle of a frozen pipe has no place , Everything...Plus The Kitchen Sink to expand- so it explodes.
The last piece of advice , Improve Your Yard and Garden with an ATV Plow is always the best... If you fail to unthaw the pipe, call , Everybody Is Fixing His or Her House or Apartment Up These D a licensed , Everything...Plus The Kitchen Sink plumber before the pipe breaks.
How to keep it from happening…
- Your home , Concerning Mulch - PART TWO should have inside , Learn how to shop for a gas grill valves on your outdoor water , Granite might of stone - Info and Facts supply lines. Close them, then open the outside , Georgian and Victorian Conservatory Design faucet and let the water , Decorating? Then Make a Smart Flooring Choice! drain. Leave the outside , "Free Plants, Seeds and Flowers" faucet open all winter. , Pruning the Backyard Grapevine
- Drain and store outside garden , Bonsai Plant Care hoses.
- If you haven't already done so, drain the water , Everybody Is Fixing His or Her House or Apartment Up These D from your swimming pool and lawn , The Green Giant Arborvitae Story sprinkler system. As mentioned above, insulate plumbing , The Quick and Easy Formula For Pottery Buying that's most susceptible to freezing. You can find supplies at your local , REPLACEMENT OR RETROFIT STYLE FRAME? WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU? hardware store, Home , Candles and the Bedroom Depot, or Lowes.
- During severe cold , When replacing a fountain pump or choosing a new one, first
there are some key terms to keep in mind weather, let the faucets drip. Although it's no guarantee, even a trickle of water , New To Organic Gardening can help prevent pipes from freezing and an open faucet gives the water , Bonsai Care someplace to run once it starts to warm up.
- Keep the home , Bonsai Plant Care temperature set to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. I know it's tempting to turn the thermostat down when you leave town for a few weeks or if you have an unsold home , Crafting--A Frugal Pastime that is setting empty, but the higher heat , The Green Giant Arborvitae Story bill is quickly offset by the cost of repairing a pipe and cleaning up water , Planning your DIY project damage.
- Lastly, if you experience flooding or water , The Benefits Of Owning Kids Bunk Beds damage from a broken pipe, be sure to watch the home , REPLACEMENT OR RETROFIT STYLE FRAME? WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU? for mold or mildew. Black mold can be a serious after effect to a flooded home , Laminate Flooring Is Attractive And Long Lasting that's far worse to deal with than the actual water , Planting Roses in Pots damage.
About The Author
Darin "Sid" Cameron currently works for the STLagent Team of Real Estate Consultants in St Louis, MO. He publishes The St Louis Real Estate Blog on his website at: http://www.stlagent.com.
Mr. Cameron also moderates the St Louis Community Forum Message Board at: http://www.stlagent.com/forum.
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