Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Having an automatic ice maker in your refrigerator is very convenient. This is especially true during those hot summer months when everyone wants icy cold drinks throughout the day. When having your icemaker connected to your water source, it is important to know which type of water lines can be used. Choosing the best type of water line will ensure that you have many years of fresh, cold ice available at any time. These are the types of water lines that are commonly used for icemakers and the advantages each has to offer.
Plastic Water Lines
Plastic water lines are very flexible and easy to bend as needed during installation. Having plastic water lines installed on your icemaker may be less expensive than other types of lines because they are easy to cut and this will make the installation much quicker and easier.
However, over time, plastic water lines may crack or break and this can lead to an unwanted water leak. Eventually plastic lines may need to be replaced if they start getting weak or brittle. It is a good idea to check these lines occasionally to ensure they are still in good condition.
Copper Water Lines
Copper water lines are also used for connecting an icemaker to your kitchen water source. Copper lines take longer to install because they are not as flexible. However, copper lines are strong and durable and less likely to leak. Copper can withstand extremely cold temperatures from your freezer and is not as prone to breaking or cracking.
Braided Stainless Steel Water Lines
Braided stainless steel water lines are most commonly used to connect a bathroom toilet to a water source. However, because this type of water line is made of a strong material, it is also ideal for use with the icemaker in your refrigerator.
Stainless steel water lines have the durability of copper and the flexibility of plastic. These lines withstand breaking and are easy to move and turn as needed during installation. While this type of water line is a bit more expensive, it is excellent for connecting an icemaker and will last for several years.
Choosing the best type of water line for your icemaker can have an effect on how long it will work properly. Be sure to have the lines professionally installed by a plumber to avoid the possibility of water leaks and damage being done to your refrigerator.
For more information, contact a company like Midwestern Plumbing Service.