When temperatures fall in the winter, there’s always a risk that your pipes will freeze. The ones most susceptible to freezing are those located in the relatively unheated portions of your house, such as the basement, attic and garage. There’s also the risk of it spreading and eventually causing the pipes to burst.
Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing over. WM Buffington Company, Inc., your local HVAC contractors, explain more.
Drain the Outdoor Pipes
One way you can prevent outdoor pipes from freezing is by draining them of water. In any case, you won’t be doing any gardening this winter, so it shouldn’t be an inconvenience to shut down the water to these pipes. Make sure you unhook garden hoses from the faucets as well if you haven’t already, since a hooked-up hose will prevent the pipes from draining properly.
Check the Heater
Another reason why your pipes aren’t heating properly could be due to your heater. If it’s old, it may be experiencing some problems due to its age, with the result that the amount of ambient heat it provides isn’t enough to warm the pipes close to it. If you’ve identified this as the problem, consider scheduling a new heating system installation with your local contractor.
The best way to keep your indoor pipes from freezing is by adding some insulation to them. Start with the ones that are located in the colder parts of your house, such as the basement and attic. Insulation is an effective solution for homes that don’t have a furnace or heater in their basement or attic space respectively.
At WM Buffington Company, Inc., we’ll help you address your heating and cooling concerns. We offer complete plumbing and HVAC installation services. Call us today at (717) 609-4020 to learn more about our services. We’re HVAC contractors serving homeowners throughout Harrisburg, PA.