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The Dangers of Burst Pipes in Winter

The Dangers of Burst Pipes in Long Island

 

Homeowners in Long Island are familiar with frigid winter temperatures. When the temperature drops below freezing, your pipes are at risk of freezing. A frozen pipe is an inconvenience all on its own, but the damage of  burst pipes in Long Island is much greater. When a pipe bursts it can lose up to 400 liters of water a hour- that two full bath tubs!

The pipes most at risk in the home are those in the attic and basement. You may not notice when a pipe has first burst depending on the location of the pipe and the severity of the leak. Your first signal may be some damp spots in the ceiling followed by bulging due to water build up. If the pipe is in the basement, it may take even longer to discover the burst pipe. The first thing you can do to stop a burst pipe is to prevent a frozen pipe from happening.

Signs a pipe is frozen include:

  • Water slowly coming out of faucets
  • Frost on the outside of pipes
  • Strange smells emitting from the faucet
  • Temperatures have been below freezing consistently

You can prevent your pipes from freezing by taking precautions before cold weather strikes. Scheduling regular maintenance of your furnace to ensure that your home is warm is the first step. Next, identify which pipes are at risk of freezing. Pipes in poorly insulated attics and basements are at the most risk to freeze and subsequently burst. Any water spigots or hoses should be drained and shut off before cold weather sets in as well. Rebmann’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can assist you with pipe insulation, winterization of pipes, as well as furnace tune-ups to ensure a warm environment for your plumbing system.

Burst pipes in Long Island can cause massive damage to your home. Water will seep into walls and floors, flood rooms, and create a breeding ground for mold. If you find yourself with a burst pipe this season do not panic. The first thing to do is shut off the main valve and leave your faucets on to drain the water. Your next step should be to call a professional at Rebmann’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. The professionals at Rebmann’s are there with 24 hour emergency service to help you!

Call Rebmann’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment! 

 

 

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