Our plumbing systems are basically composed of pipes, fittings and fixtures. These components of plumbing systems are greatly affected by temperature fluctuations. PVC pipes and metal pipes expand in heat and contract in low temperatures. Unfortunately, the case is not the same for the water running in the pipes. Water has irregular contraction and expansion. This is the most disturbing property of water that causes disturbance in our plumbing during the winters. For business premises and home owners in regions with harsh cold winters, it is important to take the necessary steps to prepare the plumbing systems for winter. These measures from Boston plumbers will help every home owner and business premises to save on the inconvenience of damaged property and costs incurred in repairs in winter.
Adding anti-freeze into your home drains. When water freezes in your drains, it will act as an obstruction; first it will cut off your water supply, and then it could expand at different points in the pipe resulting in inconvenient pipe cracks or bursts. Adding small amounts of antifreeze to your drains will prevent the water from freezing in the pipes. Carefully read the instructions on the antifreeze container and adhere to the guidelines religiously. Consult professional Boston plumbers before adding the anti-freeze into your drains.
Insulating your home and commercial plumbing system is essential. Insulations act as protective layer for your pipes and tanks. It does not prevent freezing, it only ensures there is minimal heat loss from the water in you tanks and pipes, thus slowing down the process of freezing the water in your pipes. First, keep the pipes dry. Check for leaks and probable leaking spots and repair and dry them. Attach foam insulations at points more susceptible to freezing. Insulate and heat the drain lines in crawl spaces and basements.
Use heater tapes, heat lamps. Warm/ heater tapes can be wrapped around the pipes at different points. Most heater tapes are wrapped between the pipes and the insulating material. They have an inbuilt thermostat and are powered by electricity. Read and stick to manufacturer’s instructions to have successful results when using the warm tapes. Heat lamps are used to warm plumbing areas with a p-trap or the tightly curled pipes such as under sinks and behind toilets.
Install a hot water recirculation valve. Professional Boston plumbers install this valve in higher parts of your plumbing system. It operates on the principal of convectional currents. Hot water is lighter that cold water, therefore, when water is heated at the higher points of the system it is displaced to the lower points and cold water rises. This is what forms the recirculation of the water supply system. Unlike the heat tape and heat lamp this valve does not require the use of electricity. It is efficient as it prevent solidification of water throughout the system, even in hard to reach points of your plumbing. More info http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/boston/plumbing.htm
If parts of your pipes are already frozen, thaw them by use of hot water bottles. Commercial pipes should be attended to by a professional plumber Milton expert. Thawing pipes can be a tricky affair. If the heat is too much at one point, it could compromise the pipes’ structure and result in leakage. In extreme cases a pipe may burst. For domestic pipes, you can use low voltage hair dryer or blow dryers to plumbing fittings. Avoid using direct heat or open flames to thaw pipes. Gas pipes exposed to naked flames can be disastrous. After thawing pipes, ensure they are not exposed to any wetness or moving air.
Other measures to be taken in these harsh weather conditions include; ensuring your hose pipes are disconnected from the taps. Water in the pipe can freeze and lead back into the taps causing the water in the tap to also freeze. If electricity is unavailable, let the faucets run on a faster drip to void freezing. Also consider fitting an elastomer in your pipes. An elastomer takes up the expansion of frozen water on itself; to prevent your pipes from bursting.
In summary, if you plan on being away from home during the winter, professional Boston plumbers advice that you take the necessary measures to protect your plumbing system from being damaged. To prevent ruptures and bursts first shut of the main water supply. Secondly, turn on all faucets to drain all the pipes of water and pressure. Also drain and disconnect all hose pipes, water supply to the machining machine and dish washer.