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With Colder Temperatures, Are Your Pipes at Risk?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

As temperatures continue to drop, pipes are at risk of freezing, especially while families are traveling for the holidays.

Although pipes can freeze anywhere in your home, there are some areas that are more susceptible than others:

  1. Crawlspace- Many older homes in CT have a crawlspace rather than a full basement. They are typically not insulated and the pipes are exposed to the environment. Lining the sides of the space with foam board and the ground with plastic can help. You may also consider installing a heat cable that runs along the pipes and is turned on when the temperature drops. 
  2. Under the Kitchen SinkIn particular, sinks that are on an exterior wall tend to experience frozen pipes. An easy solution to this is leaving your cabinet doors open to allow the warm air in the home to circulate.
  3. Bonus Rooms Above the Garage- Most bonus rooms are built above an unheated garage. They are exposed to the cold air (especially along the exterior walls). Keeping the temperature in your garage above freezing with the use of forced air heater unit for those frigid days can help. 

When the unexpected happens, we can help restore your home quickly and thoroughly, call us at 203-267-6262. 

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