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How to Prevent Freezing Pipes

How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing in the Winter

When you live in a colder climate, you’re well aware of what winter can bring about. At Silco Plumbing & Heating we 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?

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. Sometimes pipes burst under the immense pressure created from ice sealing the pipe up. The result can be a nightmare in costs and in repair work from flooding or electrical damage.

It is best to prevent freezing altogether or to hire a professional to take care of the thawing process. You will 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 Massachussets plumber. (781) 514-6200