A big fear for many New Jersey homes during the winter is the possibility of frozen pipes, which can lead to a slow flow of water and astronomical repair costs if they burst. To prevent such an ordeal, let’s take a look at some of the techniques you can use to prevent frozen pipes.
Raise the Thermostat Temperature
Although it’s advisable to turn down your thermostat in order to save energy, older homes built atop an uninsulated crawlspace that hasn’t been insulated can often experience frozen pipes. You can counteract this by turning up the heat to warm the floor and crawlspace.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
If your New Jersey home has any exposed pipes, they’re in danger of freezing. Either install the insulation yourself or, if you’re not confident you can do it properly, call on the help of a professional.
Use a Space Heater
A quick way to treat a susceptible pipe is to use a space heater. You don’t need to turn it up too high as the goal here is to keep water from freezing, not to warm up the space.
Install a Heating Trace Cable
These cables plug into an electrical outlet and will either run alongside the pipe or be wrapped around it. Some cables are ready to use when you purchase them, while others come in a kit you prepare yourself.
Turn Off the Water
If you’re afraid your other efforts won’t prevent frozen pipes, the best solution may be to take flowing water out of the equation. Simply turn off the water when you’re sleeping or away from home. That way, if a pipe does burst, the damage will be localized and limited.
For more expert advice on how to prevent frozen pipes this winter, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Monmouth County and the surrounding area from our family owned and operated facility for three generations.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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