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Winter Prep | Brown’s Plumbing and Heating Monmouth County NJ

plumbing and heating monmouth county nj BrownsOnce the temperatures start dropping outside, New Jersey homeowners must take the appropriate measures inside the home to keep pipes from freezing. Burst pipes can be expensive to repair, but prevention is simple. To help you stay protected, the licensed experts at Brown’s, Plumbing and Heating of Monmouth County, NJ, have you covered!

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Plumbing Reminders To Do Before the NJ Winter Sets In 

Before frozen pipes damage your home, take these preventative steps for a warm and joyful winter. 

 

  1. Check Irrigation Systems and Outdoor Sprinklers– Have you turned everything off? Make sure the system is fully drained.
  2. Protect Your Pipes- Look around your home for pipes that may be prone to freezing. Inspect the pipes in the crawl space, basement, garage, exterior walls and unheated rooms to ensure they are protected with insulation or heat tape.
  3. Shut Off Your Water Valve– Do you know how to shut off your water? Locate the main water shut-off valve so you know how to quickly find it in an emergency situation.
  4. Eliminate Cold Air– Does cold air circulate near water lines? Close off crawl spaces, insulate attics and fix any drafts around windows and doors.

 

What Happens When Temperatures Fall and Stay Below Freezing

Frozen pipes can lead to expensive water damage, which can cost from $5,000 and up, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). If the New Jersey temperatures fall below (and stay below) freezing, keep your pipes (and your wallet) protected by doing the following:

  1. Heat the Home Appropriately- Turn your thermostat to 68 degrees when you are at home and at the same temperature when you are sleeping. Heating your home is also key if you leave town on vacation. When you are out of town, keep the heat set to no lower than 55 degrees. And ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily. 
  2. Give Your Pipes a Boost of Heat– Open cabinet doors below the sink to allow warm room temperatures to flow in and circulate around the pipes.
  3. Keep Water Moving- Allow a small trickle of water to run through the pipes. Worried about the extra cost on your water bill? Compared to the cost of fixing a broken pipe, that extra trickle of water will be lower.

 

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What To Do If Pipes Freeze

How do you know if your pipes have frozen? One of the most obvious signs is a lack of running water. This indicates that a pipe may have iced over. If your pipes freeze, you can take some steps to reduce further damage and help melt any ice blockages. 

  1. Shut off the Water– Before you do anything else, shut off the main water valve immediately.
  2. Apply Heat- Warm the air around pipes with an electric hair dryer or portable space heater to help melt the frozen water inside the pipes. Note: do not leave space heaters unattended.
  3. Inspect for Cracks– Check pipes for any cracks or leaks that may have been caused by the frozen pipes. 
  4. Call a Monmouth County, NJ Plumber- If you are unable to locate the frozen area, never hesitate to call a licensed plumber to help . If one pipe has frozen, it’s likely that others have as well. 

 

Brown’s Plumbing and Heating Monmouth County NJ

For all your home or business plumbing and heating needs in Monmouth County, NJ, call Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing at 732-741-0694. We provide the most reliable plumbing and heating services in Shrewsbury, Middletown, Freehold, Holmdel, Asbury Park, Red Bank, Long Branch and surrounding NJ areas.