Why Frozen Pipes? Roto-Rooter

Why Frozen Pipes? Roto-Rooter

When winter comes around, you have enough to worry about with snow on the roads, ice on the walk, and holiday shopping to get finished. The last thing you need is a plumbing crisis on your hands. Despite all that, frozen pipes in Indianapolis are still one of the most common problems that people run into during the winter months. Even the most careful homeowner can easily overlook the potential for pipes freezing and not know until it is too late. If you live in a cold climate, you might want to consider the following so that you can make it through this next winter better off this year.

It is important to realize that the reason pipes crack and burst when temperatures drop isn't necessarily the ice. Most of the time, it is the air caught inside that is the culprit. Especially in drains, lots of air gets caught through the line. When temperatures quickly drop, water starts to freeze and trap air. The water expands and actually increases air pressure drastically. It is for this reason that the majority of crack and bursts in a line happen away from the ice. The built up air pressure breaks through the weakest part of the pipe.

It is for this reason that you make sure your pipes are always being used during the winter. Plumbing that has water running through it regularly has a smaller chance of freezing. So if you plan on leaving your house for long periods during the winter, consider having your house winterized along with your sprinkler system. Pushing out all the stray water and keeping pipes ventilated will help prevent frozen pipes in Indianapolis and also keep air pressure from spiking and breaking a line.

If, however, you will be home all through the winter, consider boning up on the amount of insulation your have in your walls. Most water lines that enter the house run alongside outer walls. These outer walls experience drastic temperature changes that can quickly chill a pipeline. Adding an extra layer of insulating between the wall and the pipe will act as a buffer and help moderate temperatures. Even if the pipe reaches outdoor temperatures, the insulating still prevents water from freezing. Also, wrapping pipes with an extra layer of specially made insulation will help go the extra mile in places that experience frigid temperatures for months at a time.

For help, call Roto-Rooter for more information today!

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