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Is Your Plumbing Ready for the Dropping Temperatures?

Plumbing Ready for the Dropping Temperatures

One of the most regular and major plumbing issues we see in the late fall and winter months are frozen pipes.

It’s November in Western New York which means falling temperatures, shorter days, and new things you have to think about when it comes to your home. This month we are sure to see frost, likely have temperatures drop below freezing at night, and may even see a snowflake or two. Is your plumbing ready for the dropping temperatures?

Is Your Plumbing Ready for the Dropping Temperatures?

As we have reviewed before, there are things you can do to prepare your plumbing for the upcoming weather and to avoid some common fall plumbing problems. If you didn’t get your plumbing ready for the dropping temperatures at the beginning of autumn, you are running out of time before you could be faced with some major issues.

Before winter fully sets in you should make sure all outdoor water is turned off and hoses are disconnected, check your water heater for proper functioning, make sure you have no leaks around your home, and more.

Avoid this Common Winter Plumbing Issue

One of the most regular and major plumbing issues we see in the late fall and winter months are frozen pipes. While we are a tad early in the season to hopefully have to worry about pipes freezing, you should still be prepared. We know that our Hamburg weather is unpredictable, and there is no convenient time to have pipe burst due to it freezing and thawing. Let’s review some things you can do to make sure your plumbing is ready for the dropping temperatures and to prevent frozen pipes in your home.

The first step to avoiding frozen pipes, is to protect your plumbing, prior to the onset of cold weather.

Drain water from all outdoor water sources. This includes draining water from swimming pools, water sprinklers, fountains, hoses, and any other outdoor water you may use throughout the warmer months of the year.  

Shut off all outdoor faucets and valves. In the fall you should shut off your outdoor faucets at their shutoff valves. Open the outside hose faucets to allow all of the water to empty. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to burst.

Add insulation to colder areas around your home. Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will help to maintain higher temperatures in those areas. You can also add insulation to your pipes to help provide an extra layer of protection from the brisk air. Exposed pipes with no insulation are more susceptible to freezing.

After you have gotten your plumbing ready for the dropping temperatures by protecting it, the next step is prevention.

Keep garage and shed doors closed. This is especially true if there are water supply lines in the space. Keeping them closed up can keep the spaces warmer.

Open cabinet doors. It is a common sight to walk into a Western New York home in the winter months and see all of the lower cabinets open. This is because open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors allow warmer air to flow around the plumbing, helping to prevent them from getting too cold.

Leave water on at a drip. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucets. A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Running water through the pipe, even at a dribble, helps.

Maintain indoor temperatures. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. If you will be going away during the cold Hamburg, New York and Erie County days, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

When it comes to getting your plumbing ready for the dropping temperatures that are knocking on our doors, the main thing most people want to prevent is a frozen or burst pipe. A frozen pipe is more than just inconvenient. If the pipe bursts under the pressure, it may flood your home, causing extensive water damage.

At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC, our plumbers are available day or night. We specialize in frozen pipes repair here in Hamburg, NY. If your pipes have frozen overnight, don’t hesitate to call us or request service online.