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Some methods to fight against getting a frozen pipe.

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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When operating a business through the harsh winter months in Lowell MA, you may experience water concerns related to frozen pipes. Pipe freezing is more likely to occur in the following areas:

  • Along exterior walls
  • In areas of poor insulation
  • In outdoor settings exposed to harsh cold such as hose spigots and sprinkler heads
  • In unheated areas of your facility including basements, garages, or unheated storage areas

In order to prevent pipe bursts and water damage, consider the following three tips for preventing and addressing frozen pipes.

1. Allow Faucets to Drip on Cold Days

One simple solution for preventing pipe freezing and water damage is allowing a slow stream of water to flow through the pipes at all times. Constant water flow prevents freezing and may melt any ice crystals that are beginning to form. Even a slow drip can do a lot to prevent the freezing and expanding that can occur on cold days.

2. Maintain a Minimum Temperature

While some business owners dread heating areas of their facility that aren't occupied by employees, the cost of operating the furnace may pale in comparison to the hassle and expense of repairing broken pipes. Try to keep the temperature of your facility at a minimum of 55 degrees. If your heating mechanism isn't giving sufficient heat to warm the area, consider adding extra insulation inside of exterior walls.

3. Apply Heat

When you go to turn-on a faucet and notice that the water only comes out at a trickle, this may be a sign of a frozen pipe. Try to warm the pipe in one of the following ways:

  • Wrap it in a towel soaked with hot water
  • Warm it with a blow dryer
  • Turn up the heat or bring in a space heater

Despite your best efforts to prevent freezing, water expansion may still take place within your commercial plumbing fixtures. If water damage occurs as a result of a burst pipe, shut off the water supply and get professional water cleanup help immediately.

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