The winter season is synonymous with frigid temperatures and arctic blasts of air. From snowfall to ice accumulation, the elements can truly impact residential and commercial piping units. No truer is this than for outdoor pipes, which are always susceptible to freezing and especially bursts. The latter can cause irreparable harm and damage if not repaired in a timely and professional matter. Pipe bursts also lead to flooding for homes and businesses – since frozen pipes tend to produce back-flows of water that seep into sheetrock and interiors. To prevent these mishaps from occurring, you simply need to call in a winterization specialist before the season begins to take a toll.
What is a Winterization Specialist?
Winterization specialists are essentially plumbers that can effectively prepare your home for the winter season. With years of extensive industry experience, they have the tools and expertise to seal and protect all your interior and exterior pipes and plumbing units. This helps prevent pipe bursts when temperatures drop to or below freezing. Winterization also protects any pipes that may be frozen – but have not cracked or burst yet. Local professionals utilize a range of techniques and equipment to insulate pipes and winterize them against the cold and wintery elements. This includes but is not limited to:
- Checking pipes for any existing cracks – industrial sealants will be used to patch these susceptible areas up for the winter season.
- Replacing any pipes or components that are hindering overall performance. Property owners may be eligible for coverage with insurance warranties – this will need to be confirmed before work commences.
- Checking pipes and water heaters to ensure proper water flow and settings. Plumbers will make any adjustments they deem necessary.
- Placing PVC covers, wraps, and other materials to fully insulate and protect pipes from wintery elements. This includes snow, sleet, freezing rain, gusty winds, and especially deep chills and below zero/frozen temperatures.
- Placing industrial strength acetate wraps over PVC wraps on pipes for additional insulation and protection.
- Removing any debris in and around faucets, pipes, and components that can cause damage and future problems.
- Ensuring at least one interior faucet runs all night long (during the winter season) to prevent pipes from freezing and frosting.
Other Winterization Services
In cases where pipes have already frozen – plumbers will have to defrost these pipes at once. This is usually done by spraying hot or lukewarm water on pipes to remove ice buildup. They may also use heated covers to remove ice from pipes, spouts, sprinkler systems, and other water-based components. Again, the heat helps drain the ice – which is essential in securing proper water flow and performance as well. Once the plumber feels the pipes are back to normal, he or she will commence the insulation and wrapping process as part of the winterization plan. The same processes are also used for interior pipes, however, usually for basements, crawlspaces, and attics. Very rarely do these pipes tend to burst –since they are indoors –but anything can happen during those frigid months.
Frozen pipe repair and services should always be done by a professional. While there are D.I.Y kits available at hardware stores –lack of experience can result in more damage to essential pipes and components. Plumbers not only specialize in winterization services, they also guarantee all work and repairs performed. They are also fully certified and insured to handle all types of interior and exterior pipes for homes and businesses. Before hiring any plumber, however, you should conduct adequate research about the company on the Web. In fact, checking industry ratings and customer testimonials will truly help you make a worthwhile and informed choice. With record lows already blanketing the nation, now is the right time to protect your pipes and property across the board.