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Preventing Frozen Pipes

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

A cartoon of a man using a blow dryer pointed at a pipe that is frozen Using a blow dryer is an easy and safe way to keep pipes from freezing

During the cold Chicago area winters, pipes often freeze. When temperatures get down around 20 degrees (and sometimes above if the pipes are exposed to cold windy air usually due to cracks in walls) PIPES CAN FREEZE. When water in the pipes freeze it expands into ice putting pressure on the pipe and can cause it to burst leading to a broken pipe and a flood in your home.

Pipes that are metal or water lines to things like pools, sprinklers, and interior pipes can burst no matter what the water is flowing through if it’s frozen.

To prevent pipes from freezing it’s important to take precautions.  Suggestions include:
- keep garage doors closed if water supply is in garage
- open cabinets and doors

- let water drip in facets, and keep it warm in the area where pipes are

If frozen pipes occur, keep the faucet open while warming the pipe; apply heat to the section of pipe, but avoid using open flame devices. An easy way to achieve this is BY USING A BLOW DRYER ON THE WARM SETTING.

In the event that your pipes burst and flooding occurs, call the professionals to extract the water and make it "Like it never even happened" at (708) 482-9334.

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