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How To Avoid Frozen Pipes

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The last thing that anyone needs to be dealing with during a snowy night or even just an icy cold day is a frozen pipe bursting. Not only does a frozen pipe create problems for the delivery of water to your home, but if a frozen pipe bursts before you can resolve the issue, it will compound the issue with complications such as water damage and a pipe replacement.

Of course, avoiding a frozen pipe can sometimes be easier said than done. Especially if you are newer to this part of the U.S., you may not know what your options are to help you avoid the trouble of pipes freezing when temperatures drop.

That is why we have provided a list of potential ways to help you keep your pipes flowing rather than frozen on even the coldest of days.

When outdoor temperatures drop below 30°F, it is common knowledge that water will start to freeze. That’s how we get snow…and frozen pipes. With that said, it is possible to avoid frozen pipes and the extra complications that come with them.

Here are some tips on how to do just that:

Drain Outdoor Water Lines, Such as Sprinklers, That Won’t Be Used.

You aren’t likely to be using your sprinklers anytime soon but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep them in mind. If you have outdoor appliances such as sprinklers, hoses, etc., make sure that you are shutting off the water being sourced to them and then completely drain them so there is little to no water in the pipes feeding these appliances.

Leave Cabinets with Pipes Inside Open.

Just because a pipe is inside your home doesn’t mean it is 100% safe. It is still possible for it to freeze! Even those pipes under your kitchen or bathroom sink are at risk. Avoid this by leaving cabinets open to allow warm air access to the pipes within. While it may look a little silly in the moment, it saves you a lot of trouble.

Run Water from Less Commonly Used Faucets or Showerheads.

Do you have a bathroom that only gets used when guests are in town? Don’t let it go unattended. Make sure that you have water running from faucets or showerheads that aren’t used as often to prevent them from freezing. Even just a trickle makes a difference.

Make Sure That Vulnerable Pipes Have Properly Installed Insulation.

Insulating vulnerable pipes such as the ones in your garage, attic or crawlspace, can make a world of difference in keeping your pipes from freezing. Insulation at your local hardware store is normally quite affordable but even wrapping pipes in an old pool noodle can be beneficial.

Get Assistance from a Professional Plumber.

Still not sure if your pipes are prepared? Not to worry because we can help. We are locals here in Havertown so we know the best ways to freeze-proof your plumbing.

Whether you have a burst pipe, a frozen pipe or a leaky pipe, we can help. With our professional services for plumbing repair in Havertown, PA you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your plumbing is in good hands.

Fast-Friendly-Reliable: Walsh Brothers provides solutions for every home and budget. Contact us today.

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