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August 08,2021

Frozen Pipe Prevention While on the Go

If you are planning to go on vacation or have an extended business trip coming up, then you surely do not want to be thinking about your plumbing system while you are away. Worse, you do not want to return to a home that is flooded or ruined by water damage. Well, continue reading this article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We will go over some ways to make sure your pipes do not freeze, and burst, while you are away. If you have any specific questions or concerns, or if you would like to hire a capable plumbers in Pittsburgh and nearby cities, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to speak with a courteous representative now. We are ready when you are.

Insulate Your Pipes

If you get cold, you throw on a jacket, right? Well, if you want to prevent your pipes from freezing, then you are going to have to add some layers onto them. The benefit of insulating your pipes is not limited to keeping cold air out, either. It also keeps the temperature of your water source stable and reliable. So, how do you insulate the pipes?

There are many products on the market for this job. You can go with foams, wrap kits, self-sealing rubber, electrical heat tape, and more. There are also a range of materials including fiberglass, mineral wool, polyethylene, and other chemically engineered materials. You are welcomed to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to ask about your options. Our qualified plumbers are happy to come by to insulate your pipes with reliable products.

Control the Temperature

Household pipes wont freeze if you dont allow temperatures to drop to freezing levels. Rather than switching your thermostat off, we recommend you keep the buildings thermostat at no lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, dont forget to close windows and garage doors, and open the cabinets under kitchen sinks to allow the heat to access the pipes there. Finally, consider space heaters for areas that are unconditioned or out of your HVAC systems reach.

The minute cost of keeping the thermostat on is worth the benefit of reducing the risk of frozen pipes and ensuing water damage. Controlling the temperature should be even easier if you have a Smart thermostat installed.

Keep Water Flowing

The freezing point for flowing water is much lower than the freezing point for still water. If you want to further reduce the risk of your pipes freezing, then turn on faucets and showerheads to a light trickle or a constant drip. This will relieve pressure and allow water to flow continuously.

Turn Water Off

You can also turn off the main water valve while you are away. This will not necessarily prevent pipes from freezing, but it will reduce the amount of spillage in the event that a pipe does freeze and break.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for Assistance

Whether you need help freeze-proofing your pipes or you are dealing with a frozen pipe, the emergency plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are ready to help. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to consult with a live representative and arrange a flexible appointment or urgent dispatch today.

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