From our Family to Yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from B&L Plumbing Service. Thank You for letting us serve you all in the Greater Kansas City Area. Please call anytime, we have emergency services and we are always happy to help.
As the Holidays approach (quickly!) remember your Kansas City plumbing company, B&L Plumbing Service. We do drain cleaning, garbage disposal repair and replace, toilet repair and replace, and many other plumbing needs that might occur with a house full of loved ones. Keep us in mind, we’re happy to help the Kansas City Metro area!
Most people are aware that when water freezes, it expands. That’s why your forgotten can of soda in the freezer exploded. When water freezes in a pipe, it will expand in the same way.
If it expands enough, it will burst, water will escape and serious damage may occur. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water in a day. But this is one disaster you can prevent by taking a few simple precautions.
Thermal expansion is a relatively new problem in household plumbing systems. It is the result of installing water meters with check valves or dual check valves mandated by local and national plumbing codes. Although the purpose of the check valves is to isolate the municipal water supply from potentially contaminated household water, the resulting thermal expansion creates a separate, often under-appreciated problem.
In a typical domestic residence the largest use of potable water in the home is usually for hot water for bathing, washing, dishwashing, etc. A gas or electric water heater heats water in the domestic hot water system. The water heater uses a continuous supply of fresh water. Hot water is used at a rate dictated by the demand at the water fixtures. As hot water leaves the system through the faucets, showerheads, dishwasher, etc., fresh, cold water from the city main is supplied to the heater where it is heated for continuing use. On average, a water heater in a home will heat water two or three times a day.