Winter is now in full swing, and when it comes to your pipes, that means one thing: protecting them from freezing. Here in New York, where the temperatures regularly get extremely cold, this is extremely important, as frozen pipes often burst, causing extensive damage to your plumbing system and property. Keep reading for 5 simple steps to prevent frozen pipes this winter, and make sure to contact our experienced Buffalo plumbers at Roy's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling if you need frozen pipe installation, heating, and repair.
5 Simple Steps You Can Take to Prevent Frozen Pipes:
- Keep Your Garage Door Closed: By keeping your garage door closed whenever possible, you will also be able to keep the pipes in your garage from getting too cold. If you need to keep your garage door open for whatever reason, or you want to make sure your exterior pipes don’t get too cold, you may want to call a skilled Buffalo plumber for piping insulation.
- Open Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinet Doors: Opening up your bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors allows warm air to circulate around your plumbing system. While you will want to remove harmful chemicals and cleaning products from under your cabinets if you have small children or pets in your home, it is important to remember that the pipes in your cabinets are extremely vulnerable to freezing, and should be monitored closely throughout the winter.
- Let a Small Amount of Water Trickle Out of Your Faucet: Although we would normally caution you that leaving your faucet on is terrible for your home’s energy efficiency, when the temperatures are very low, you should let a small amount of cold water drip from a faucet that is served by exposed pipes throughout the day. While you wouldn’t think this would do much, even a small stream of water can go a long way towards keeping your pipes flowing.
- Maintain a Consistent Temperature: One of the biggest reasons frozen pipes can cause so much damage is changes in water pressure. If your plumbing system goes from cold to warm in quick order, the pressure change can also cause your pipes to burst. To prevent this, try to maintain a consistent thermostat temperature throughout the winter.
- Make Sure Your Thermostat Never Dips Below 55 Degrees: While you obviously don’t want to waste energy while you are out of town, it is a good idea to keep your thermostat at 55 degrees for the sake of your pipes. Making sure your indoor temperature does not dip below this will reduce the chance that the pressure in your pipes will change, in turn causing them to burst.
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