How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are a friend to no homeowner. Frozen pipes are not only a nuisance, preventing you from using much-needed water, but can also cause a burst resulting in damage to your home.
As the temperature drops in the northeast, frozen pipes become a common occurrence. Luckily, there are some simple ways you can prevent them from doing damage to your home.
Empty Unused Pipes
As winter approaches, make sure to empty any water lines that won’t be used for the season. This may be your sprinkler lines, outdoor hoses, pools, and more. With direct exposure to the elements, it’s difficult to protect the water inside the pipe from freezing.
Empty the lines by closing the supply valve then opening the faucet at the other end. Leave it open until water stops flowing.
Ensure Proper Insulation
Pipe insulation is crucial, especially when pipes are exposed to the elements either outdoors or in unheated areas of your home (garage, shed, etc.).
Similarly, your home needs to be properly insulated to protect your pipes. Ensure there are no cracks or openings around the outside of your home (seal any that you find). Also, seal any cracks in windows and doors.
Use Your Heating System
Keeping your home at an acceptable temperature is also important in keeping your pipes from freezing. If you’ve experienced frozen pipes in an area of your home that is unheated, you may consider installing a ductless heater or extending your central heating system’s capability.
Keep your home set at a minimum of 60 degrees, even if you take a vacation or leave for an extended period of time.
Broken Pipe? We Can Help
For any frozen pipe troubles you experience this winter, trust the Guaranteed Service team to get things back up and running. Contact us today at (732) 412-1134 and one of our experts will be happy to help.