How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

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Here in Andover, plumbing repair calls must often deal with freezing pipes. Water caught in your pipes in the winter can create all kinds of havoc. As it freezes, it expands: putting your pipes under tremendous pressure and eventually causing them to burst. Plumbers deal with more burst pipes in the winter than they do the rest of the year combined, and repairs can often be quite expensive. You can help by taking some simple preventative measures before and during the cold season.

Here’s how to prevent your pipes from freezing.

For starters, keep the water flowing in your pipes by leaving the faucets on just a bit during the cold months. He running water will lower the pressure and keep the flow normal when you need it. This technique can waste water, however, so apply it judiciously. A more through step means insulating your pies from the cold. Keep them in heated part of the house during installation and have a plumber insulate them if they run through at-risk areas such as the basement or within a wall connected to the outside. Pipe sleeves can be installed to keep the pipes safe, and in some cases a plumber can re-route them to move through warmer parts of the home. You can also keep our pipes from freezing by addressing insulation issues inside the home itself. Look for cracks or fissures that let cold outside air into areas which contain plumbing, then have them sealed up as efficiently as possible.  If you can, see about having more insulation added in your attic, and look into the possibility of insulating areas of the home that currently lack such coverage. Our Andover plumbing services can help homeowners with such projects, as well as fixing pipes when they do burst. Air Mechanical, Inc. knows how to prevent your pipes from freezing, and our trained experts are on hand to enact such measures now, before the snows start falling. We’re completely dedicated to your satisfaction, so don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call!

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