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Plumbing Tips When Weather Temps Dive Below Zero

Winter is here. Milwaukee’s Professional Plumbers & Contractors (PPC), have a few tips to avoid frozen pipes and drains.

1. Water Pipes that Run Along an Outside Wall. Bathroom vanities often have water pipes that run along an outside wall to the home. To prevent pipes from freezing in the event of a prolonged winter deep freeze, open the vanity doors to let the room air mix with the cold air along the outside wall. You can also also use a blow dryer to warm up the wall, however don’t use a torch.

2. Frozen Pipes. Opening a faucet so that there is a tiny steady drip can keep pipes from freezing, however if the pipe remains frozen for a prolonged length of time (one day or longer), call a Wisconsin plumber. Frozen pipes can burst and cause leakage.

3. Frozen Drains. There are chemicals available through Wisconsin plumbers or area hardware stores that will clear and thaw frozen drains. Again, if the drain remains frozen for one day or longer, call a Wisconsin plumber. This can also result in frozen pipes that burst and cause leakage.

4. Inadequate Flushing Toilets. When toilets flush poorly or pipes drain slowly, it may be a sign that there is a blocked vent pipe on the roof. You need to get on the roof to clear any excessive snow in and around the main vent pipe.

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ANDRE
Feb 17, 2013 10:58

Should i be working on PVC pipes and replacements outside in below freezing weather? I need to do some replacements, and these pipes do lead to the toilet in a cottage

Chris
Feb 18, 2013 12:25

Yes you can work on PVC in below freezing temperatures. However, one thing to take into consideration is the type of glue you are using to bond the piping. The regular PVC glue you find in stores may not be rated for use in freezing temps. You will need to use a glue that is rated for below freezing temps or you could run into issues with the strength of the joints.

Nancy
Feb 18, 2013 13:04

Andre, is this your primary residence? If it is, when you do the work is up to you, but make sure to check with the local municipality for permit and inspection requirements. Also, If it is not your primary residence, click on “find a contractor” on this website.

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