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By on October 3rd, 2016 in Plumbing

Freezing and Your Plumbing During Stoneham Winter

burst-pipeWhen you live in Massachusetts, you’re well aware of what winter can bring about. You, and we at Silco know, that frozen pipes are an all-too-common scenario we all have experienced. In most cases, pipes are buried underground to prevent freezing; but what about the instances where our pipes are not buried and safe from freezing? No matter how prepared we can be, there is always a need for reminders and refreshers on prepping our plumbing.

Prevent Freezing by…

First and foremost, the age-old tip that we should all acknowledge is letting the faucet drip when it is below freezing outside. By allowing water to pass through your pipes, however slowly and in a small amount, you’re still keeping your plumbing active. Through activity, you’re helping prevent frozen, stagnant water in your pipes.

Additionally, you should open cabinet doors that house pipes. Let’s say you have a bathroom sink that is relatively closes to an exterior wall. Under the sink, in the cabinet, are your actual pipes. When you open the cabinet doors and allow warmer air the ability to access those pipes, you significantly diminish the likelihood of those pipes freezing.

Why Prevent Freezing?

New homeowners sometimes need to know the basics – get regular maintenance check ups done, hire a credible plumber, and keep your pipes from freezing. This last fact, about preventing freezing, is all due to the way water acts when it freezes. When water freezes into ice, it expands. If this happens, frozen water-turned-ice will expand and burst your pipes right open. This can be a nightmare in costs and in repair work.

It is best to prevent freezing altogether. You prevent both extensive damage and emergency costs. When you need reminders, preventative maintenance, or just some friendly advice, look to Silco. Our team is ready to be your Stoneham plumber. (781) 438-8925



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