Frozen Pipes in Your Business
Is the plumbing at your business ready for winter? If you work in an area with freezing temperatures, certain areas of your commercial building may be at risk for damage due to cold weather. A major area of concern is your plumbing.
As necessary as running water is, it can create all sorts of problems when it freezes. Fortunately, you can avoid expensive repairs with a little knowledge and preparation.
When water freezes, it expands. When that happens inside the confines of your plumbing, immense pressure builds up. Eventually, you may end up with burst pipes when the metal or PVC gives. When this happens to commercial plumbing, you can easily run up a huge bill with repairs.
What Pipes Are at Risk?
Some types of plumbing are at higher risk of freezing than others. Most are in unheated areas and include the following:
Sprinkler and irrigation lines
However, you can’t assume that pipes are safe from freezing simply because they’re in a heated area. Uninsulated plumbing is still at risk because heat can easily escape and therefore doesn’t do anything to prevent the water from plummeting into freezing temperatures.
How Can You Tell If Your Pipes Are Frozen?
If you’re taken unawares by a sudden drop in temperature, you may not be able to prepare your plumbing in time. In this situation, how can you tell if your pipes are frozen? Since most plumbing is within your business’s walls, you can’t check directly. Look for these telltale signs of frozen plumbing:
Low water pressure
New or unusual sounds
Recurring plumbing issues
How Can You Defrost Your Pipes?
If the pipes in your building are frozen, you need to start the thawing process as quickly as possible to relieve pressure. First, turn on the faucet so any semi-frozen water can leave plumbing as it melts. Second, heat pipes with one of the following:
How Can You Prevent Commercial Plumbing from Freezing?
Before cold weather sets in, you can prepare your commercial plumbing system to prevent freezing. The best way is to insulate pipes and water storage units. You should also seal door openings of your business or commercial building. If you’re worried your pipes are in the process of freezing, you can keep a faucet running slightly, as moving water doesn’t freeze as easily.
How Can Adam & Eve Plumbing Help Your Business?
Are you struggling with frozen pipes? The experienced professionals at Adam & Eve Plumbing can help. Our dependable team can repair or replace burst plumbing 24/7. For more information, give us a call at 330-539-9301 or contact us online.