• How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

    Posted on August 24, 2017 by North Shore Mechanical Contractors in News.

    If you live in an area where there are harsh winters, you may know that frozen pipes can be a very time-consuming and expensive problem. Having a frozen pipe does not, from a bystander view, seem like the biggest problem in the world, however it can cause a lot of damage. This is because when water freezes, it expands. So, if one of your pipes freezes, there is a chance that it could completely break a main water line, or even cause leakage. This can lead to water damage, and extreme costs later down the road. In order to avoid this from happening, we have a few tips on how to control the temperate of piping in a household (and exterior).

    Keep your Furnace Above 55 degrees Fahrenheit

    This is for mostly a tip for people who travel, or go somewhere else during the wintertime. However, it can be very useful in any home. By keeping the heat on above a certain temperature, you can ensure that these pipes stay the temperature they were meant to be. You can also aid this process by occasionally leaving cabinets open that contain pipes, as the warm air can circulate in through the cabinet, making sure the pipes don’t freeze.

    Make Sure Walls are Properly Insulated

    This is crucial, because you will be spending an insane amount of money without proper insulation. Without proper insulation in a home, your rooms will lose heat more quickly, meaning that the money you are paying for heating is literally going out the walls (windows are a different story). Since heat is leaving more quickly, it can not be relied on the keep the waterline from freezing. It may cost a few hundred dollars to add additional insulation to a home, however this is very worth it, as you will be saving lots of money long-term.

    Outdoor Hose Maintenance

    This may seem like an interesting point to make, as it seemingly does not affect the interior of a home, however, if you freeze your hose, it can burst interior pipes as well. This being said, in the winter, it is important to disconnect your hose from the water main, drain the hose, and store it for the winter. This is just a small thing to do to prevent frozen pipes.

    If you are interesting in learning more about our advanced piping systems and the services we can do for you, feel free to contact us, or call us at (978) 774-9800.

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