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Here in Long Island, it can get cold, and even though the spring season may be approaching, we still have a few months of winter. Whenever the temperatures drop, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting increases. Burst pipes are one of the top common causes of property damage during the winter and can easily cost you thousands of dollars to repair. However, this can be avoided by taking some simple steps whenever you know a cold front may becoming. In this blog post, we will be discussing some easy ways to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. Keep reading to learn more! 

 

Starting off, the pipes that are the largest risk to freeze and burst are those that are in unheated interior spaces. These spaces are most likely to be basements, attics, and garages. Pipes that are running through cabinets or exterior walls can also freeze, so be aware of those too. 

 

Invest in Pipe Insulation 

Pipe insulation is a thermal or acoustic insulation that goes around the pipes. Not only can this prevent freezing, but it can also help save you money on energy costs by preventing hot water pipes from losing their heat to the surrounding air. It can also prevent condensation from forming around the pipe which can then reduce humidity levels in the home during the summer.  The best thing about pipe insulation is that it is very inexpensive, costing anywhere from fifty cents to???. 

 

Open Cabinet Doors 

If you have pipes that are running through or hidden by cabinets, most likely in your kitchen or bathroom, open the cabinet doors. This helps the warmer air circulate around the plumbing and prevents freezing. If you have small children or pets, make sure that you move any harmful cleaning chemicals or anything else hazardous. 

 

Let Cold Water Drip

Letting the cold water drip from a faucet that is served by exposed pipes can help prevent freezing. It doesn’t have to be much, just a small drop. You can even be eco-friendly and put a bucket underneath the faucet and use that to water plants, for cleaning, or anything else. 

 

Plan Ahead

If you’re going to be gone during a winter storm or low-temperature day, make sure that the heat in your home is on. It doesn’t have to be high, even a low 55 degrees can prevent pipes from freezing. It may make your heating bill go up a bit, but it could save you the difference of thousands of dollars if your pipes were to burst.

If you think you may have a frozen pipe in your home, make sure that you call a licensed plumber, especially if this pipe is not exposed. Since 1979, Hubbard Plumbing has been providing the Long Island area and surrounding counties with the best plumbing service. We’re a family-owned, Top Rated Local® plumbing service. Connect with us for more information or if you think you may have a frozen pipe.