Frozen Pipe Prevention – the Science Behind Frozen Water
The damaging results of frozen pipes can be messy and expensive. Being prepared can help you avoid such a disaster.
The Science behind Frozen Water and the Damage it leaves behind.
A unique property of water is that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts a huge amount of pressure on whatever is containing it, whether metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes most at risk are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.1
Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips
If you do have frozen pipes during this winter, call your Indianapolis Plumbing Expert, Mister Quik. We’ll respond quickly to ensure that it’s fixed quickly and safely.