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How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 @ 02:11 PM

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Did you ever try to turn on a faucet in your home after bitter cold freezing weather?

No water!? No fun, is it?

Let's talk about some ways you can avoid this problem...

When the outdoor temperature drops it surprises us no matter what the recent weather has been. 

We receive many calls from customers that have "no water" to a faucet in their home. They attempt to turn it on, and ... nothing!

UH-OH! Frozen pipes!

So, we'd like to share a few pointers with you to hopefully help you get through times like these and how to prevent frozen pipes in your home.

  1. Have your outdoor hose faucets winterized. 
    1. You should be able to locate an indoor shutoff valve for each outside 'hose bib'.
    2. Consider having a frost-proof hose faucet installed before next winter. Your local NJ plumber can help with that. 
  2. Be sure you've checked windows and doors for drafts, insulate or weather strip when possible.
  3. Don't turn your heat down during periods that you're not home.
    1. During a "cold snap" it will take longer for your heat to recover and often it won't or can't because your boiler or furnace just can't keep up with the frigid weather.
  4. Make sure you keep your exterior garage door closed.
  5. If you have a faucet that runs through a crawl space, inside a cabinet or an exterior wall of your house, open that faucet and let the water drip or flow slowly until the frigid weather passes.
    1. You may spend a few dollars on your water bill, but will save a tremendous amount of stress and aggravation experiencing frozen pipes that burst when they thaw!

If you have any questions, just let us know!

And Please.....don't take a torch to your frozen pipes, Please!

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Stay Warm!

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