If you’ve lived in cold climates, you’re familiar with the dilemmas posed by freezing pipes. In fact, the biggest problem comes when the instrumentation and valves on a piping system freeze themselves. Despite the fact that this is a possibility that many live with during the winter months, the remedies that have been employed throughout the years have often proven expensive or difficult to work with.
Here’s an insightful exercise you can perform from the comfort of your office or home. On the very same computer on which you’re reading this article, open a Google window and search for “frozen pipe valves”. Now, be warned. If you work in an industry that involves piping systems, the images you see could make you cringe a little.
After you’ve taken a moment to review the many images, stop to consider what they all have in common. If you’ve told yourself that the commonality between them all is the fact that the are bare and exposed to the elements, then you are right in line with the premise of this article and you’re on your way to learning a logical solution to the problem of freezing pipes and valves.
How Do I Protect Valves and Pipes from Freezing?
The best way (in fact, the only real effective and cost-efficient way) to keep your pipes and valves from freezing during extremely cold weather is to pro-tect them against the elements. Despite the many domestic applications you may have seen in your Google search, there are plenty of pictures of industrial pipes that are left to brave the weather on their own, and if left to do so for long enough, pipes and vavles will inevitably freeze.
In cases such as these, people often introduce pipe-heating and valve-thawing methods. The problem with this approach is that it attempts to remedy the problem rather than prevent it. Prevention is the key when it comes to freezing conditions. If you’re pipes or valves are already frozen, you could be too late, and thawing them means expensive downtime for your operation.
Instead of trying to play catch up, don’t let your pipes freeze at all. In industrial applications—whether oil, gas, water, or other piping systems—freeze prevention is key. You can’t afford to just hope that your valves or pipes won’t freeze, and then attempt to thaw them if they do.
However, Powerblanket’s covers allow for easy installation and removal, for those times you need them and the times you don’t. Powerblanket products also produce even and consistent distribution of heat—allowing you to heat your valves and pipe systems in an energy-efficient manner that will save you money.