Five Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes at Home
Petri Plumbing & Heating of Brooklyn offers advice to keep pipes from freezing during the lowest temperatures of February
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Feb. 8, 2018 – Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc., an experienced family-owned home service provider operating since 1906, is offering advice to help Brooklyn residents avoid damage from frozen pipes through the remainder of winter.
“February is a problematic month for many New Yorkers because it hints at spring with some warmer highs, but the temperatures will often still fall below freezing,” said Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating. “Many homeowners begin to ignore the possibility of frozen pipes, and failing to take a little precautionary action is when damage can occur.”
The Petri Plumbing & Heating team offers five tips to help homeowners prevent pipes from freezing during winter weather.
- Allow faucets to trickle – Monitor the temperature when colder nights are expected, and consider opening faucets just enough to allow for a slow drip when temperatures fall below freezing. Standing water is more susceptible to freezing, and the water flow will help prevent those situations.
- Keep home at least 55 degrees – This is especially important if extended vacancies are planned for any part of winter. Ensuring that the internal temperature of the home is above freezing will help tremendously with any indoor plumbing, especially the plumbing under sinks and vanities.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks and vanities – In order to maximize the ambient heat circulating in the home, leave any cabinets open that otherwise conceal plumbing. This will allow the air to circulate through the cabinets and help warm the pipes.
- Perform an insulation check – Over time, gaps in insulation may develop around the home. Checking attics, crawlspaces, basements and any area that may contain plumbing is recommended to identify any potential trouble areas, and do not forget to check around the foundation as well. All gaps should be sealed and filled in with insulation.
- Insulate the pipes themselves – There are many great solutions for adding insulation directly to exposed pipes in the home. Heat cable, heat tape and pipe sleeves can all be easily purchased and used to add an extra level of protection against freezing temperatures.
“When you consider the amount of damage that a pipe bursting can cause in a home, the cost of repair and recovery can be tremendous,” Petri said. “Not only will the burst section of plumbing be destroyed, but the resulting flood can ruin a wall, flooring and any precious belongings that may be stored in the area. Not to mention the potential liability you can run into if you happen to be living above another owner’s space. Spending the time and perhaps a little bit of money to prevent such a disaster from happening can save thousands in repairs and give you a valuable peace of mind.”
About Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Petri Plumbing & Heating, Inc. is a family owned and operated business serving Brooklyn and the New York City area. Founded in 1906, the company offers a 100 percent guarantee on all services, upfront pricing, and friendly and knowledgeable Service Experts for all kinds of home and business plumbing and heating needs. Services offered include water and gas pipe leak repair and installation, fixture installations, inspections, boiler repair, water heater installation, complete bathroom, kitchen, laundry & utility room remodeling and more. Petri is also licensed and certified by Green Plumbers USA, the first in New York City to receive this designation. For more information, please visit www.petriplumbing.com or call 718-748-1254.