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Avoiding Frozen Water Lines in Richardson Texas

The worst thing that could happen to you this winter could be a plumbing nightmare. Frozen busted water lines in Richardson Texas. I have been in some houses that have suffered this problem and it isn’t a pretty site. What happens is when the water isn’t moving and the temperature gets low enough, the water will freeze. When water does freezes in a pipe it expands and can create pressure over 2,000 pounds per square inch. Normal water pressure is under 100 pounds per square inch. At 2,000 pounds it is enough pressure to rupture any pipe that is filled with water and has no place for the ice to expand to. When the water line bursts it can spill hundreds of gallons of water an hour. That equates to thousands of dollars in damage to your home. This is completely unnecessary when you know how easy it is to prevent a water pipe from freezing.

First, if you have lines on an exterior wall that are under a cabinet, open the cabinet doors. This lets the warmer air in and closer to the water lines and lessens the chance of frozen water lines and the necessary plumbing repairs. Second, let the water drip – This will help avoid Frozen Water Line in Richardson Texas.   I know that we are in a drought and I never recommend wasting water, but this is a very slow drip and could save you thousands in repairs. I let both hot and cold drip. This will also avoid plumbing repairs.

Some other things that you can do to avoid frozen water lines in Richardson Texas  and plumbing repairs would be to seal up cracks and holes outside that might let the cold in. Adding wall insulation or actual pipe insulation could add an extra layer of protection that keep the lines from freezing. Last applying electrical heating tape to lines that are easily accessible can be good. There are two types of heat tape, thermostatically controlled and the kind that you just plug in to get it hot. Be careful with these, like a space heater they can be very dangerous.

Don’t get me wrong. I want you to call Texas Green Plumbing for all your Richardson Plumbing Repairs. I just don’t want you to call me for repairs that could have been avoided by following a few simple steps.

Need a Plumbing Inspection in Plano Texas?

You think you have found the perfect new home in Plano Texas! But before you place an offer on the home, it is important to have a plumber come out and inspect for a couple of things, especially in older homes.

Water Heater Plumbing Inspection – Water heaters usually last about 10 years depending on their usage and maintenance. Replacing a water heater is costly.

Drain Plumbing Inspection  –  To have the drains checked is a simple way to make sure there is no blockage or back up between the home and the main sewer line. Also by having the drains checked you will be able to detect any leaks the home may have.

By having a plumber inspect these things, you can save anywhere from $300-$3000 depending how the severity of the issue.  When buying a new home  in Plano Texas its always better to be safe now rather than sorry later!