Winterize Pipes Before Freezing Weather Comes Along – Plumbing Service NJ Experts Explain

plumbing services njIt’s true, the New Jersey fall weather has been considerably warm (in fact, October proved to be the second warmest in NJ since 1895) and the state has yet to be visited by the first freeze of the season. But, ready or not… a blast of arctic air is expected to bring the lowest temperatures of the season soon enough. Property owners who have not yet already done so should winterize pipes before temperatures plummet well below freezing. The plumbing service NJ experts from Brown’s takes a cold, hard look at what makes pipes freeze and what homeowners can do to avoid the mess.

Why Should I Winterize Plumbing Pipes?

What makes a pipe burst? A simple science 101 review: when weather drops and the temperature of your pipes drop below 32 degrees, any water that is left inside the pipe begins to freeze. As it turns to ice, it expands. This expansion creates pressure within the pipes which can cause a pipe to stretch, fracture and burst.

How to Winterize Pipes

Whether you’re a New Jersey homeowner looking to keep your family safe this winter or a vacation homeowner who’s ready to lock up for the winter, these quick winterizing tips can prevent big headaches and potential damage.

Take a walk around the outside of your house. Close all exterior vents, disconnect the garden hose and make sure the water to hose bibs are also turned off.

Inside, ensure all pipes are well-insulated by closing crawl space vents and stuffing insulation over the openings. Anywhere cold air has the chance to blow on a pipe can create a potential for freezing. Even the tiniest of holes can let cold air in, so make sure all cracks, gaps and holes are filled.

If you’re anticipating a deep freeze, open the bathroom vanity doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes and keep the garage door closed to maintain maximum heat for the bathroom and laundry rooms which often have pipes that run along exterior walls.

Adjusting Temperatures Before You Leave

Heading on vacation or leaving a vacation home vacant for a period of time? It’s important to remember never turn off the heat while you’re away. In the winter, set the temperature to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit and call the plumbing services NJ technicians at Brown’s to winterize

Emergency Plumbing Services NJ

In the event that a pipe does burst this winter, it’s essential that everyone knows where the main emergency shutoff valve is located. Since the valve controls the flow of water throughout the home, once it is turned off, the water flow will stop. Then call the technicians at Brown’s to help.

At Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we offer emergency plumbing services throughout Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey 24/7. From sump pump replacement to hot water heater repair we have you covered. Contact our experts at 732-741-0694 to learn more.

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