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5 Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes in Your Bordentown, NJ Home This Winter

11/14/2023 (Permalink)

Preventing frozen pipes is crucial as winter approaches, especially in regions with cold climates, like central NJ (Mercer County).

 When water freezes in your plumbing system, it can expand and lead to pipe bursts, causing significant damage and costly repairs. Here are some tips to help you avoid frozen pipes:

  1. Insulate your pipes:
    • Add insulation to pipes in unheated areas, such as basements, crawl spaces, and attics. You can use foam pipe insulation, heat tape, or fiberglass sleeves.
    • Pay special attention to pipes near exterior walls, as they are more susceptible to cold temperatures.
  1. Seal any gaps and cracks:
    • Seal gaps or cracks in walls and floors near pipes to prevent cold drafts from reaching them.
    • Weatherstrip doors and windows to keep cold air out and warm air in.
  1. Maintain a consistent temperature:
    • Keep your home heated, even when you're away. Set your thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) to ensure your pipes stay warm.
    • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  1. Allow faucets to drip:
    • When temperatures drop significantly, allow faucets to drip slowly. This can relieve pressure and help prevent freezing.
    • Focus on faucets that are on exterior walls or exposed to cold air.
  1. Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses:
    • Before winter sets in, disconnect and drain garden hoses. Store them indoors to prevent damage.
    • Shut off the water supply to outdoor spigots and use insulated faucet covers to protect them.

By taking these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of frozen pipes during the winter months and avoid costly repairs and water damage to your home.

When water disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is trained, certified and ready to make it ‘like it never even happened’.

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