Frozen Pipes: Ask a Buffalo Plumber

We’re no stranger to snow and cold temperature here is Buffalo. Many of you in the area may have had your pipes freeze or burst due to the cold snap and heavy snows recently. As any Buffalo home owner knows, this probably won’t be the last storm of the season, and it might not even be the worst. You need to be prepared when the snow comes in many ways, and keeping your pipes safe and in working order is no exception.

Why Pipes Freeze

Pipes freeze in below freezing conditions when there is little to no movement through the pipes. Water slows and becomes frozen within the pipes causing blockage. Surprisingly, the damage is not caused by the frozen itself, but rather the pressure that has been built up as water is forced in. The next thing you know, your pipe has burst and will need to be repaired by a professional.

How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

There are a couple of methods you can employ to stop your pipes from freezing. Don’t overlook these tips: letting your pipes freeze can cause major damage to your home and cost you a pretty penny when it comes time to getting the issue fixed. Here are some preventative tips:

– Insulate exposed pipes: shielding exposed pipes, especially in basement ceilings, can help prevent water from freezing. This is critical in pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures through cracks or other areas unprotected from the exterior of the home.

– Leave the faucet at a drip: Letting your faucet drip at a slow and consistent rate will keep water in the system moving, preventing the chances of the water within the pipe from freezing.

– Keep your home warm: having a warm home will cause most pipes in your home not threatened by outside forces not to freeze. This can be costly with depending on how cold it is outside, but the risk of having a pipe burst coupled with the comfort gained by a nice warm home during a cold snap makes the investment worthwhile.

For any Buffalo home, pipe bursting from frozen pipes is a serious issue, and your homes are no exception. If your pipes have burst already, or, if you would like to have a technician come to your home and address at risk pipes, give Roy’s a call today. We’re on hand, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your family stay safe this winter.