Frozen pipes can happen when you least expect it. Whether you have a new or older building, pipes that are susceptible to frigid temperatures can freeze, limiting your water supply and creating an opportunity for disaster.
In order to prevent problems it’s best to try and avoid frozen pipes in your business. How do you do this? The first step is to find out where the pipes are located on your property and determine whether they are exposed to frigid temperatures.
If you do find exposed pipes, now is the time to make sure they are insulated properly. Some of the most effective methods include:
– Let the warm air in your building reach your pipes by leaving the doors to sink cabinets open
– Insulate pipes with foam, newspaper, or other appropriate materials
– Keep the water in your home moving by allowing your faucet to drip
Unfortunately, a frozen pipe can still occur even if you take as many precautions as possible. If you do find a frozen pipe, you can either try to thaw it out yourself or call for professional assistance.
If you plan to thaw a pipe on your own, a few common methods include:
– Heating tape which can be wrapped around the pipes (heating tape is not meant to be left on your pipes year round)
– Hand-held hair dryer which you can use to evenly distribute enough heat to thaw out the frozen areas
– Space heater which can evenly blow hot hair on the frozen pipe (be sure to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from pipes)
Never use a lighter, blow torch, candle, or any other type of open flame to try and thaw your pipes. Doing so can have disastrous consequences including a business fire which can jeopardize your property and your life.
If you would like more information on how to avoid Cherry Hill frozen pipes or how to care for frozen pipes, contact Action Plumbing today.