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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

As the temperatures drop in winter along the east coast, water becomes a threat to homes and businesses. Water expands as it freezes, placing tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. If you have leaking pipes or an inefficient heater, you can end up with a frozen mess—and serious repair costs.

Ways to Keep Pipes from Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect and prevent frozen pipes with these tips:

  • Insulate any exposed pipes in your home, paying special attention to unheated ones that may be in your crawl space, basement, garage, and under kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
  • Maintain the same temperature during daytime and the day and at night. If you raise the temperature when the sun sets, you risk frozen, bursting, and leaking pipes.
  • Close indoor values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes.
  • Consider the benefits of efficient heater By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can help prevent frozen pipes.
  • In dangerously low temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is more likely to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses, and outside valves open so that any water.
  • Going on vacation? Leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. This is another one of the benefits of efficient heater systems that allow for smart controls.

Want to prevent frozen pipes with the help of a professional? Contact SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel today.

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