Frozen Pipes and How to Prevent Them

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When winter arrives in the Buffalo area, the chance of your pipes freezing goes up. Anytime the temperature is going to hover around 32 degrees or below, that is when frozen pipes will become a concern for you and your family.

The pipes in the most danger of freezing inside the home are those in basements and attics. These spaces are typically less insulated than other rooms and can freeze more easily. These spaces are also the least visible in your home, so you may not notice the frozen pipe immediately. A frozen pipe left alone can easily turn into a burst pipe. A burst pipe causes flooding damage to affected rooms and loss of water to parts of your home. The other vulnerable spots for frozen pipes are exterior faucets and hoses. These pipes are exposed directly to outside air and can be a forgotten hazard. Here at Roy’s, we want to Take The Worry Away and give you the best tips for avoiding frozen pipes this winter.

Roy’s Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes:

  • Keep the Heat On: It may be tempting to shut your heat off when going away or leaving your home for an extended time. But it’s important for your pipes not to leave the heating shut off. By keeping the heat above 55 degrees in your home, you are decreasing the chance of a frozen pipe immensely. This is your first defense against frozen pipes.
  • Insulating Vulnerable Areas: As we mentioned above, attics and basements are the most vulnerable to frozen pipes inside the home. Insulating your attic and basement will help retain the heat in those areas. This preventative measure will not only protect your pipes but will also save you money on your heating bills.
  • Insulating Pipes: If you add insulation to the outside of your pipes, you are decreasing the chance of a frozen pipe. The insulation stops the water inside the pipes from freezing and bursting. Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has pipe insulation services that can save you before a pipe freezes.
  • Shut Off Outside Water: Before the cold weather sets in, shut off the water to your exterior hoses and pipes. You should disconnect any hoses that are attached to them as well. This will decrease the chance of those pipes freezing.

If your pipes do freeze- don’t panic. First, shut off the water in your home and turn all the sinks on so the water drains. Then call your local technicians at Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to help. We offer 24/7 Emergency Pipe Repair services and will be there any time you need.

Whether it is repairing a frozen pipe or installing insulation, Roy’s is here to Take The Worry Away for you and your family this winter.