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As the winter chill sets in, homeowners face the risk of frozen pipes, a common and potentially costly plumbing issue. At Brown’s Plumbing and Heating, we understand the importance of safeguarding your plumbing system during the colder months. That’s why we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to help you prevent frozen pipes and avoid the headaches they can cause

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Why Do Pipes Freeze?

Before we dive into prevention tips, let’s explore why pipes freeze in the first place. When temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside your pipes can turn to ice, causing the pipes to expand and potentially burst. This can lead to extensive water damage and costly repairs.

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Preventive Measures to Keep Your Pipes Safe

 

Insulate Your Pipes

  • One of the most effective ways to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate them. Insulation sleeves or wrapping can help maintain consistent temperatures and protect your pipes from freezing.

Seal Air Leaks

  • Cold air drafts can contribute to freezing pipes. Inspect your home for any gaps or cracks where cold air can enter and seal them with caulk or weatherstripping.

Keep Interior Temperatures Consistent

  • Maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home, especially in areas where pipes are located. Avoid drastic temperature fluctuations by using a programmable thermostat to regulate heating.

Let Faucets Drip

  • Allowing faucets to drip slightly can relieve pressure in the pipes and help prevent freezing. Focus on faucets located along exterior walls or in unheated areas of your home.

Open Cabinet Doors

  • For pipes located under sinks or in cabinets, open the cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. This can help prevent them from freezing.

Drain Outdoor Faucets and Irrigation Systems

  • Before winter arrives, disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and irrigation systems to prevent water from freezing inside the pipes.

Shut Off and Drain Unused Water Lines

  • If you have any water lines that won’t be in use during the winter, such as those leading to outdoor kitchens or sprinkler systems, shut off the water supply and drain the lines to prevent freezing.

Monitor Weather Forecasts

  • Stay informed about upcoming cold snaps and take preemptive measures to protect your pipes. Consider using heat tape or cable on vulnerable pipes during
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What to Do If Your Pipes Freeze

Despite your best efforts, pipes can still freeze during severe cold spells. If you suspect that your pipes have frozen, it’s crucial to act quickly to minimize damage:

 

Keep Faucets Open

  • If you discover frozen pipes, leave the affected faucets open to allow water to flow once the pipes thaw. This can help relieve pressure and prevent bursting.

Apply Heat

  • Use a hairdryer, space heater, or heating pad to gently thaw the frozen section of the pipe. Never use an open flame or excessive heat, as this can damage the pipe.

Call a Professional

  • If you’re unable to thaw the pipes yourself or if you encounter any signs of damage, such as bulging or cracking, contact a licensed plumber immediately for assistance.
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Trust Brown’s Plumbing and Heating for Expert Advice and Service

At Brown’s Plumbing and Heating, we’re committed to helping homeowners protect their plumbing systems year-round. From preventive maintenance to emergency repairs, our team of experienced plumbers is here to provide reliable service and expert advice.

Don’t let frozen pipes ruin your winter. Contact Brown’s Plumbing and Heating today for all your plumbing needs. With our proactive approach and dedication to customer satisfaction, you can rest easy knowing your pipes are in good hands.

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