With the frigid temperatures in the Albany, Saratoga, and Glens Falls, New York area, it’s easy to see why homeowners are waking up to frozen pipes. The question is, do you know what causes pipes to freeze and how do you fix them?
During the winter months, temperatures in Upstate New York generally stick around 32 degrees and below. How do you protect your pipes from freezing during these hard temperatures?
One of the most important things you can do during winter is to not allow your home to become too cold. This means maintaining a temperature in your home that does not dip below 55 degrees.
Next, if you feel like keeping your home warm is not sufficient, consider leaving the doors below your sinks open to allow the warmer air to circulate around the pipes there and help to keep longer portions of the lines warm as well.
Lastly, when you feel the temperature is dipping low, allow a small, steady flow of water to drip out of your faucet taps. This doesn’t mean leave your faucet on full-blast, but rather just enough of a drip to keep water flowing through. Moving water does not freeze.
If you forget to leave the water dripping or let the temperature in your home drop too low and your water freezes it can lead to small cracks and bursts pipes. In this case, you will want to call a professional.
We realize that it’s frequently cold in New York so the best way to stay on top of frozen pipe prevention is by staying on top of annual maintenance, and Superior Co-Op HVAC is here to help with that. We offer affordable monthly maintenance contracts to take the guesswork and the stress of out your hands and give you a reliable service. Click here to learn more about our contract.