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Frozen Pipe

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Freezing temperatures are creeping in and this isn’t to be taken lightly. Now that you have your heating system up and running, it is time to focus on your plumbing. Water freezes at 32°F and we will be well below that threshold in the weeks to come. That means your pipes need to be prepared to fight off the impending chill.

Trouble Areas

  • Exposed pipes in unheated areas.
  • Pipes located in exterior walls.
  • Outdoor plumbing.

Causes

As the Denver temperature falls, the risk for frozen pipes only increases. As water runs through your pipes to say your sink or bathtub, it is not likely that it is going to freeze. But when you turn off the water, it is going to sit in the pipe for a period of time with no flow, and that is where the problem lies. It works the same way as it would if you were to leave a standing glass of water out in the winter.

Prevention

Insulation, Insulation Insulation! There are areas of your home like the basement that might not be exposed to heat the same way the rest of the home is. This is where you have to take extra caution and wrap pipes with insulation. It is simple to do with exposed plumbing, but we can assist you with plumbing on the interior of the walls. As for the outside of your home, you need to prepare your hose and outdoor plumbing for the chill. Before the first freeze, your hose should be disconnected, drained and the valve for outdoor water should be turned off. Neglecting to do this could cause a pressure build-up and have a negative effect on your entire system.

At AAA Service, our team can help you get prepared for winter in a variety of ways. We do furnace tune-ups, plumbing inspections and we can even make sure your smoke detectors are prepared for the holiday season. If you have any questions, the guys in the bright pink trucks would love to assist you.

To schedule an appointment, call (303) 622-3449!

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