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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

frozen pipesFreezing temperatures can be pipes worst nightmare. As a homeowner, there are few things worse than frozen or burst pipes. Burst pipes can make a mess, ruining surrounding furniture, electronics, or carpeting, as well as result in expensive repairs that nobody wants to incur during the holiday season. At All Star Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we aim to provide our customers with the defenses they need to prevent frozen pipes.

Tips for Protecting Your Pipes:

Seal Holes or Cracks

If there are holes or cracks in the foundation that surrounds your pipes, be sure to seal these problem areas properly. Failure to do so will expose your pipes to cold temperatures, putting these crucial home entities at greater risk for becoming frozen. The solution? Caulking these areas will better insulate water pipes, reducing the risk of frozen pipe catastrophes.

Open Cabinets

If it is especially cold outside, it’s a good idea to open cabinets that house water pipes — think kitchen and bathroom sinks. This extra measure helps allow warmer, inside air to flow where it is most needed.

Running Water Faucet

Ever wonder why some people leave their water faucets dripping during cold-weather months? No, they have not forgotten to turn off the handle; they are trying to prevent frozen pipes from bursting. The way it works is simple: When water freezes, it expands. If this happens inside pipes, it can cause them to burst, something nobody wants. A running faucet will not always protect against frozen pipes; however, it will help alleviate any built up pressure in pipes caused by freezing water.

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Frozen pipes cannot always be prevented, but there are some measures you can take to ensure you reduce your chances of becoming victim to frozen or burst pipes.

If you have frozen pipe-related plumbing issues, look no further than All Star Heating, Cooling & Plumbing of Hartland, Wisconsin. To speak with a professional, call (262) 367-7300.  

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