Frozen pipe season is coming, so be ready to protect your plumbing.
The colder months are coming and from what we hear it is going to be a cold snowy winter. We live in a colder climate here in Midtown Memphis. Frozen pipes in your business can be a big mess. When pipes freeze, they expand and may burst, leading to major water repairs.
Some helpful tips to prevent frozen pipes:
Water conservationists’ frown on allowing faucets to drip, but letting even a small amount of water to flow through pipes at all times can do a lot to prevent pipes from freezing. A steady drip is all that is needed to keep the pipes free from ice accumulation.
Many pipes do not have proper insulation to prevent them from freezing in cold weather. Pipe sleeves and heating tape can be applied to insulate the pipes. It is also a good precautionary measure to caulk around gaps where cold drafts can affect pipe temperatures.
Shut off any outside water sources that you don't need, especially if you are expecting particularly low temperatures. When a building is left unattended, make sure the thermostat is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes.
Dealing with frozen pipes
Hairdryer – This is one of the safest and most effective ways to thaw a pipe. Open the faucet and then heat the pipe by working back toward the area where the blockage has occurred.
Space heater – A small heater can work much faster than a hairdryer. Simply direct the heater toward the frozen area of the pipe.
Make sure you and your employees know where the shut off valve is located. If you are dealing with frozen pipes or water damage from frozen pipes in your commercial building call SERVPRO as soon as possible.