It’s that time of year when the weather in Cincinnati can drop down in the single digits. The local weather man might not always be right but we all need to take their forecast into mind. Especially when they say that the wind chill will make it seem even colder.
The wind chill affects us the same way it effects our plumbing piping on or near the outside walls. If the forecast calls for temperatures that will fall below the 32 degree freezing mark then be prepared. Remember you also have to take in account what the wind chill factor is. This is especially important when the forecast calls for more than one day of continued cold weather below the freezing mark.
In the last few days we have replaced burst piping under sinks and in many outside walls. This is primarily due to homeowners that have not taken the simple steps to protect their piping. The most simple solution to preventing pipes from freezing on these ever so chilly days is to turn up the heat and make sure that the heat can get to the piping either through the walls or into that sink cabinet. Most homeowners have told us that they thought they would save money by keeping the heat set at a lower temp. Well they did save money that would have otherwise gone to the gas and electric company however they spent those savings in double when they pay for the Cincinnati Plumber to replace their busted water and drain lines because they froze.
Please see our post on how to prevent frozen pipesÂ and follow the list very carefully, it may save you a costly service call to a Cincinnati Plumber.
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Keep your pipes from freezing!
Anywhere you may have water pipes in the house that are in,on or close to an outside wall need to be kept from freezing by insulation or heat.
Most piping that freezes is located under the kitchen sink or at an outside hose hydrant that is not a frost proof type.
Locate all potential piping that could freeze in inclement weather by locating the lines visually when possible.
Start by visually locating the lines usually you can see them by looking at your basement ceiling if it is not covered and following them to the fixtures they serve.
Observe where water lines penetrate either the wall or the floor when serving a fixture that is near an outside wall.
If they penetrate from below and continue upward through the floor but away from the outside wall underneath the sink then on especially cold days leave the cabinet doors open to let heat from the house to the piping.
If they penetrate from below and appear to penetrate from the wall or beside an outside wall underneath the sink then leave any cabinet doors open and apply an additional heat source under the cabinet.
If you have outside hose hydrants make sure that you disconnect any hoses from them at the first sign of cold weather.
If you have outside hose hydrants that are not self draining or frost proof type then hopefully you have a shut off valve directly before the piping exits the house and attaches to the hose. In this case at the first sign of cold weather, turn off the valve inside the house before the hydrant and open the outside valve up completely until warm weather returns. Opening the outside valve where the hose connects will let the piping exposed to inclement weather drain all water that could possibly freeze.
Please note: The above scenarios are the most common things we find and not all possibilities are covered!
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