Ask a Hudson Valley Plumber: Why Do Pipes Freeze?

15 January 2014
Category: Plumbing
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Winterizing Your Home Can Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

  It may seem like an obvious question because there's only one element that can make anything freeze - the cold. And surely all of us here in Hudson Valley know exactly what it's like to freeze in the cold that winter brings. But, when it comes to your pipes, there's more to it than that. If you want to be absolutely prepared for these winters in Hudson Valley, then you'll need to know all the ways your pipes can freeze so you can try to avoid it all costs. And trust us - you'll want to avoid it! Leaving pipes frozen for an extended period of time can cause them to burst, resulting in a big mess for you to deal with.

Common Reasons for Frozen Pipes

  1. Windows that are open near pipes or water meters carry a draft
  2. If your basement isn't heated, your water meter and/or pipes can freeze
  3. Pipes or water meter that is enclosed or boxed-in against an outside wall
  4. Openings or cracks can let cold outside air in and get near the water meter or pipes
  5. Uninsulated pipes that are located against an outside wall.
  We know that for a homeowner frozen pipes is a huge inconvenience, as it stops all water from flowing into your house making it difficult to live every day life as normal. Well, Jones Services has some advice: winterize your home. Winterizing your home is an important part of preparing for winter. It's not all about getting coats, hats, and gloves out of storage, but it's also about preparing your home for the cold weather that's ahead. Jones Services has a well trained winterizing team that will be happy to perform all necessary tasks for you so that you won't have to worry about frozen pipes again this season. If you have any questions about frozen pipes or winterizing your home, give Jones Services a call today!