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In Freezing Temps: Avoid Pipes Freezing

Avoid Freezing Pipes

As lucky as we have been this winter with moderate temperatures, we know the colder weather is coming. Let’s face it, no one wants to deal with the added stress, expense and mess that are caused by burst pipes. In most cases, your pipes begin to freeze when the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

JP Maguire and Associates has been in business for over 35 years, so we have seen our fair share of pipes freezing due to cold weather. It is very important to take proper precaution when temperatures drop.

Keep Water Running
It is important to keep one or two faucets running on low to allow water to move through the pipes. This will help prevent the pipes from freezing.

Allow Circulation
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air for circulation. Start in the coolest areas of your home such as your basement and attic to allow warmer air to raise the area’s temperature.

Add Insulation
Add extra insulation in cooler areas in your home. Heat tape or Pipe Insulation can be a great addition in preventing pipes from freezing and can easily be found at your local hardware store.

Seal any Leaks That Allow Cold Air In
Make sure to use caulk or insulation to seal any air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Even a small opening can bring in a lot of cold air to cause damage.

In the event that you do experience burst pipes, JP Maguire and Associates has a 24/7 Emergency Services to start the process of water removal and drying process. Call 877-576-2484 for our emergency line.