Winter has just begun in Milford and New Haven, and there’s still time to prevent a frozen or burst pipe from occurring at your home! Our Milford plumbers are here to help you determine which plumbing pipes may be vulnerable to freezing in your home, so that you can work on prepping them for the oh-so-chilly temperatures to come!
- Pipes Under the Kitchen Sink – These pipes are almost always close to an exterior wall. If a cold snap is underway, go ahead and leave the cabinet doors open so that these pipes can get a little heat!
- Plumbing Pipes in Poorly Insulated Basements, Attics, & Crawlspaces – Cold drafts can easily cause pipes in these areas to freeze. Insulate the pipes with thick pipe sleeves and try to seal up any drafty spots. Use caulk to seal cracks and add insulation to areas that are lacking. This will help you to save money on heating costs too!
- Exterior Pipes – Make sure to prepare your exterior pipes and faucets for the cold weather ahead. You’ll need to drain outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hoses.
During particularly cold times, there are additional precautions you can take. Consider letting water drip from vulnerable pipes. This may not prevent a frozen pipe but it could prevent a pipe from bursting. If you leave your home for an extended period of time, don’t set your heat for below 55 degrees and have a friend or neighbor stop by to make sure your heat is still working.
If you do wind up with a frozen or burst pipe this winter, Rick’s Plumbing is here to help! We can safely unfreeze pipes and do pipe repairs or replacements as needed. If you suspect a pipe is frozen, give our plumbers a call immediately!