Ask a Buffalo Plumber: Why Do Pipes Freeze?

Pipes in Uninsulated Areas Will Freeze if Not Winterized Properly

It’s snowing hard out here in Buffalo, which means winter is in full swing. And an unfortunate reality associated with winter is frozen pipes.

Homes in areas like Buffalo that are prone to harsh winter conditions will often experience the hassle of frozen pipes. If they are left unattended for too long, they can eventually burst and cause an even bigger – messier – problem for you and your family.

Having frozen pipes will result in your home not getting water, obviously preventing you and your family from doing necessary daily tasks. So, what is exactly that causes them to freeze?

The simple answer is because it’s cold out, but in reality it has to do with much more than that. Knowing exactly what the reasons are will help prepare you, so Roy’s Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling is here to help.

Common Reasons for Frozen Pipes in Buffalo

  1. Water meters or pipes are positioned near open windows.
  2. Uninsulated pipes are located against outside walls.
  3. Openings or cracks that could allow the cold air from outside to get near the water meter or pipes
  4. Water meter or pipes are boxed in against an outside wall.
  5. Water meter or pipes are located in a basement that is not heated.

Since winter surely has plans to stick around for a while, it’s important that you understand the implications of frozen pipes and have them taken care of as soon as possible.

Actually, it’s best to deal with frozen pipes before they happen – and to do that, you need Roy’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning’s winterizing team.

Winterizing your home is the best way to prevent your pipes from freezing up. We will weatherproof your plumbing by shutting off the supply of water to outdoor spigots and sprinkler systems. Then, we’ll drain them completely to ensure that any vulnerable pipes are free of water.

Don’t deal with the headache of frozen pipes alone. Call Roy’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning to help you today!