Cold weather can do more than just make you shiver and wish you were warm by the fire; it can also have a big effect on your property!
With cold weather, most people will look into checking to make sure the heating system works or sealing any gaps under the doors. However, one of the things that property managers and building owners often overlook in cold weather is winterizing pipes. In the winter, it is important to winterize pipes in order to avoid unwanted problems!
Depending on the location and placement of your building’s pipes, there are different ways to winterize them. The best way to keep your pipes from freezing is by keeping them at a warm enough temperature so they stay above the freezing point.
In order to keep pipes warm, the most common route for builders is leaving pipes exposed to warm air, close to a warm room or insulating a wall near the pipes. However, some buildings still have pipes that are exposed to cold, freezing air! In these cases, a different route needs to be taken – insulating your pipes and walls.
If your pipes are exposed to a lot of low temperatures, the option of constantly keeping your faucets dripping may not always be the best solution for your building. You may need to consider insulating the pipes or surrounding walls to slow cooling and prevent freezing.
It is important to check your pipes when the weather starts to get colder. This is because when water freezes and turns to ice, it expands. It doesn’t sound too threatening, but it is something you do not want for your building! The simple task of making sure your pipes are winterized and walls are insulated can help you avoid much bigger problems.
Winterizing pipes, or preparing them for freezing temperatures, can save you a lot of trouble. Here are a couple things that you can avoid when you choose to winterize your pipes.
When the temperature drops and water freezes, what do you get? Frozen pipes. The first problem you will face with frozen pipes is no water! When your building pipes are frozen, water will not be able to move through the pipes. That means no water for your toilets, faucets and showers.
Another issue you may come across are burst pipes. Frozen water pipes feel great pressure due to the expansion of ice. And water trying to make it through a blocked area of frozen pipe can also build up pressure. In turn, these things can lead to a burst pipe which can also lead to expensive water damage!
Don’t let the cold temperatures get the best of you. Let Nationwide Maintenance provide you with the assistance you need to winterize your building. Make sure your pipes are good for the winter; contact Nationwide Maintenance to get a free pipe evaluation from professionals today!
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