When the winter weather hits, you will need to make sure your business is prepared. One thing you may not be thinking of is ensuring that you won't have issues with a frozen pipe bursting when you are away. Chances are that you won't be in the office on the weekend, and you don't want to come into the office on Monday to discover water everywhere that needs to be cleaned up. Here are some tips to prevent pipes from freezing:
Perform a Pipe Inspection
Pipes in disrepair will be more likely to burst if they do freeze. Sections of pipe that are weak with joints that have been poorly sealed, or sections with tiny fissure or cracks, will be susceptible to bursting. It is a good idea to take a look at your exposed plumbing and look for potential problems.
Moisture on a pipe is an indication that the space the pipe is in has high humidity. It will help to wrap the pipe with foam insulation to prevent moisture from collecting on the pipe. Stains on interior walls can be an indication that a pipe is leaking behind it. Consider opening the wall up to fix the water leak before the winter comes.
Seal Crevices and Cracks
A pipe won't burst unless it reaches temperatures below freezing. One way this can happen is due to drafts in your building that is letting the cold air in. Air can easily get in where pipes enter your building, around doors and windows, and in crawl spaces.
One trick that helps check for drafts is to use a lit candle around a potential source of a draft. If the flame of the candle waves near the potential draft source, then air is getting into your building. You can use spray foam insulation to seal cracks and keep the cold air outside where it belongs.
Insulate Plumbing In Cold Areas
Some places of your building, such as a crawl space, will be difficult to completely insulate to protect the pipes. You are better off insulating the pipes to keep them warm in the winter. Foam pipe insulation is easy to install and will give the pipes the additional warmth they need to prevent them from freezing.
You can also use electric heat tape that wraps around the pipe, which will ensure the pipes stay warm enough to not burst when the temperature drops below freezing levels. Contact a commercial plumbing contractor for more information and assistance.