Polar Vortex vs Your Dover Water Heater

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Plumbing Repair Dover, Water Heater Repair Dover DE

So with Polar Vortex upon us, let Water Heater Repair Dover DE make sure ones water heater and pipes will survive its fury! Nationwide, over 250,000 Americans typically have some kind of damages to their homes due to flooding from fractured pipes. With this sort of cold weather we are experiencing now, that number may be even higher.

Here’s the big picture from The Weather Channel (click the name for the latest weather information):

Once outdoor temperatures go below 20 degrees is when pipes can begin to freeze. Definitely, many parts of the country are experiencing temperatures much lower than that, and parts of the country that normally do not experience temperature levels that reduced!

The Polar Vortex is breaking temperature records. For most places, it is the coldest it has been in over 20 years—Illinois, Indiana, George, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and New York all posted record lows (via Fox News).

So how does one aid prevent pipes from freezing and breaking?

There are two ways to do so. The first is to prevent heat loss from the water inside ones plumbing. The second is to make sure there is room for expansion inside a plumbing in case ice types. If you have city water, the main pipes that supply the water are usually deep enough to prevent freezing; however, once the water lines are at the ground surface area level when they reach ones home, is when the problems begin.

Insulation is the name of the game!

Insulation is not simply for the hot water pipes, but the cold water lines too. Even pipes inside the house – those in the attic, basement, a crawl space – ought to be covered in foam pipe insulation or covered in pipe insulation tape. Locations where it will certainly be cold, like in a garage, is the water heater found there, electrical heat tape can be used.

It can be helpful to leave cabinet doors in the kitchen area and bathrooms open to help with the warm air flow of the house to keep water pipes a little warmer too. Make sure to keep the garage door closed and any vents into a crawl space shut too.

Leaving faucets open a little so a trickle of water can run through them can help. It will assist alleviate the develop up of pressure in the pipes, though it is not a complete defense against a frozen pipe. Heck, even waterfalls freeze!

As for the water heater, many business make water heater blanket kits that fit around the tank. There can be very helpful in helping the water heater keep the heat inside the tank, so the device is not needing to constantly go to keep its set temperature level. This, undoubtedly, likewise assists conserve energy dollars too!

Make sure one knows where the water turned off valve is located in the house in case a plumbing does burst, one can turn the water off to prevent major water damages.

According to CNN, “The record cold in many areas is putting a strain on electric grids — creating dangers that more people could lose power.”

Water Heater Repair Dover DE suggests making sure one is ready in the case of a power outage, especially with these record low temperatures!

Polar Vortex

Source: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

Community Resources:

Dover Department of Public Works