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Ask a Long Island Plumber: Why Do Pipes Freeze?

Pipes Boxed In Away From Inside Heat Will Freeze Up

The question, “Why do pipes freeze?” may seem like an obvious one because, well, what’s not freezing in Long Island this winter? Frozen pipes are a homeowner worst nightmare – resulting in having no water to do everyday tasks with. If left alone, your pipes can burst from the added pressure of being frozen which causes a big, unwanted mess.

Though the main reason for pipes freezing is because of the cold, it also has a lot to do with their location. In order for you to be absolutely prepared for these frigid Long Island winters, you need to know all the ways your pipes can freeze so you can do your best to avoid it.

Common Reasons for Frozen Pipes in Long Island

  1. Openings or cracks: This will allow cold outside air to get near your water meter or pipes.
  2. Unheated basement: This is a problem if the water meter or pipes are located down there.
  3. Uninsulated pipes: Pipes that aren’t insulated become especially problematic if they are located against outside walls.
  4. Boxed-in pipes: Enclosed pipes against an outside wall is troublesome because they are not receiving any inside heat.
  5. Open windows: If they are open near water meters or pipes, it will make them even colder.

At Rebmann Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning we think it’s time to show winter whose boss and not let it get to your pipes. It’s stressful, and we don’t want you to have to deal with it anymore!

The best thing you could do to help prevent against frozen pipes is to have your home winterized before the cold sets in. Fortunately, our technicians at Rebmann have the experience and know-how to appropriately perform this service. We will be sure to shut off the supply of water to any outdoor spigots and sprinkler systems and completely drain them. This way, any vulnerable pipes will be free of water and will not have the ability to freeze and burst on you.

Let us help ease those winter woes and stop your pipes from freezing up. Call Rebmann Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning today!

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