A quick look at frozen tubes and pipes

Homes, businesses and public buildings across the UK use metal tubes and pipes. They can be vital for a huge array of applications, including structural and support systems. Expert services like our tube reduction help here. They can adapt standard tubing so it can suit various specifications.

A lot of properties and operations use tubes for transporting fluids. However, there is a risk of leaks and other issues. In winter, the main concern is freezing. If temperatures outside are below 0 Celsius, various resources can freeze in the tube. In the worst cases that can cause tubes or pipes to rupture or burst. That means a big loss of resources, potential property damage, downtime, and even a risk to people depending on the fluid.

Where is the risk the highest?

Generally the best option for protecting against frozen tubes and pipes is insulation. If there isn’t any, the risk is greater.

There is also a higher chance of freezing with more exposure to the cold. If the tube or pipe is outside with no protection, it could easily freeze when the temperatures come down. Tubes or pipes in basements, garages, and crawlspaces are more vulnerable. Any in contact with cold exterior walls have a higher chance too.

What to do?

Tube reductionThe best thing to do to reduce the risk of freezing is to be careful where you run the tubes and pipes. Ideally you want to shelter them from the cold as much as possible. In addition, you should use insulation wherever you can, especially outside.

If a tube or pipe does freeze, you need to act quickly. Firstly, turn off the supply. You need to do this so pressure does not build in the line. It can reduce the risk of a leak or rupture.

Next you need to thaw out the tube or pipe that is frozen. Warming it is a very good idea, but you need to be careful; too much heat can cause damage. Never use a blowtorch or open flame. A heating pad can be much better.

If you have issues in some cases it may be better to call an expert. They can look at the system and advise you about what to do.

Choose us for tube reduction services

At Multiform Tubes Engineering Ltd we excel at tubing. Our goal here is to provide first rate services to adapt it for a wide variety of needs. This can include tube for carrying fluids as well as many other products.

One service that our clients rate highly is tube reduction. It works to alter the end of the tubing to make it easier to create tight fitting joints without the need for fittings or fixtures. It can be very useful for lots of applications.

So, if you need any help with adapting tubes, speak to us. We can deliver excellent services for you.