Protecting Frozen Pipes this Winter

Sunshine Home Services is a business that services both the plumbing and the air conditioning of most properties. While it desires your patronage, it also respects property value and wants every household to reap the full benefit of a utility’s lifespan. The working life expectancy of any system depends on the materials and its exact function.

Fresh water pipes seldom become blocked, and when they do it is typically caused by ice or calcium mineral deposits. Occasionally silt will leak into cracked pipes, but this is a year round problem. A sign of freezing is sudden blockage during a very cold day. If the temperature outside is above freezing, then ice is unlikely to be the culprit. At least this is so unless the pipe runs under concrete. The physics of freezing pipes is complicated by ground temperature and how different materials will freeze at their own speed. All pipes run at least a foot under the surface, because soil normally stays above freezing below the frost line.

The earth is like a giant water bottle, and the ground temperature is the average temperature for an area It warms slightly in summer and cools in winter, but it stays above freezing below the frost line. Concrete is a concern, because it radiates heat away faster at night. Concrete frostbites, just like blades of grass.

Pipes that rise out of the ground and are under the house can sometimes freeze. This is the major area of concern, particularly during a power outage. A little prevention can save a great deal of money. Have experts, like those at Sunshine Home Services in Denver, to take a look. Their expertise can help establish a vulnerability and find ways to remedy the problem. It might be cheaper than you think.