In Las Vegas, it isn’t very often that we see freezing cold temperatures, especially not for extended periods of time. However, it is possible, and with those cold temperatures and the occasional fleeting snow, the likelihood of pipes freezing or other cold-weather-related plumbing issues increases.
Living in a part of the country that experiences a rather mild winter certainly has its perks. In the event of temperatures dropping below normal levels, however, we may be unprepared. It is important to know how to prevent these situations from happening, whether they are likely to occur or not.
It is common knowledge that water expands when it freezes. When this water is confined to pipes and other plumbing fixtures, this can lead to problems. Freezing water can expand and cause cracks and leaks, complications that no one wants to deal with. Luckily, there are a few options when it comes to preventing this potential disaster.
When temperatures drop, and you are not using your outdoor faucets regularly, it may be wise to turn them off. Once the shutoff valve has been turned off, open the faucet to drain out any remaining water, and to test that the shutoff valve is working properly.
If you have hoses attached to your house, whether they are wound up or not, they can still have water sitting in them. This water can freeze and back up into the house, causing many plumbing fiascos. It is important to disconnect and drain these hoses, and store them until they are needed again.
For sections of pipes that are exposed or vulnerable, installing heat cables may be an ideal solution. These monitor the temperature of the pipes, and provide heat to them when necessary.
Though it is unlikely to have frozen pipes in Las Vegas, it is still possible. In order to avoid this headache, it’s important to take precautions when temperatures drop. If you do happen to experience and frozen or busted pipe, let the experts at Active Plumbing take care of it for you. Contact us today!