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Winter is upon us and for us here in Long Island, we know that the weather can get cold. Not only is cold weather an annoyance but it can also do some serious damage to your pipes and plumbing system if not taken care of properly. In this blog post, we will be discussing some of our top cold-weather plumbing tips. Keep reading to learn more! 

 

Starting off, most of us know that water expands when it freezes. While this is not a problem if you’re making popsicles or ice, when it comes to ice forming in your pipes, its a potential disaster. A frozen pipe that has cracked or burst can lead to enormous amounts of water leaking into your home all within a few minutes. Because of this, we recommend that you shut up any outdoor faucets and keep an eye on the weather from time to time. Just like you check to see if you’ll need an extra jacket, you’ll want to pay attention to see if the plumbing in your home is affected. 

 

Pay Attention To Your Homes Main Water Valve

In the case of a pipe bursting, you may need to run to shut off the water in your home. So, it’s important to be aware of where the main water valve is in your home. Many times the valve is located next to the water meter and you should always keep this valve in proper condition. Even something as simple as making sure the valve is easy to turn off and on is enough. 

 

Open Cabinets 

You may have seen your parents do this and while it’s not a total fix, opening your cabinets that have exposed plumbing is an easy way to help make sure that the heat from your home is also helping to keep those pipes from freezing. Many people will do this at night if a snowstorm is coming or if they are leaving town for a few days. 

 

Be Especially Careful of What You Put Down Drains and Disposals 

While the holiday season tends to inspire some of the largest meals you’ll prepare all year, make sure that you’re disposing of the leftovers and scraps properly. Many of the meals we also eat during the holiday season tend to also be high in fat, which can easily clog your drain and disposal if you throw all of these leftovers down the drain. Grease can also easily accumulate, too. For a full list of items that you should avoid putting down the drain, check out our blog

 

Have A Reliable Plumber On Call

Your home is typically one of the largest and most important aspects of your life, which means that having a reliable plumber on call is a must. At Hubbard Plumbing we’ve been around since 1979 and have been providing Long Island with great service and knowledge. We have over 100 years of experience and are dedicated to the happiness of our customers. For more information about the services we offer, visit our site and contact us with any questions!