The coldest months of the year have arrived, and you don’t want to be dealing with frozen pipes and their aftermath if you can avoid it! Is your plumbing in good working order? Our master plumbers can help make sure your pipes are protected and any necessary repairs are made, so you won’t have to deal with a frozen pipe disaster and resulting lack of hot water at the worst time of year. The plumbing experts with Swezey will get the job done right and done quickly. Read on to learn more about how we can help you with all your plumbing needs.
Don’t suffer a frozen pipe during freezing season!
Winter isn’t over yet, and you don’t want a frozen or burst pipe mess this year – or next year, for that matter! Make sure your pipes are secure now, by taking these steps:
Prep for the heating season – even if it’s well underway. Make sure you shut off the water supply to all outdoor valves and drain all the water from the pipes to prevent freeze-ups. You may want to disconnect outside valves—or upgrade to frost-free spigots.
Check those valves – Older shut-off valves have washers that can wear out, making it difficult to turn them off completely. We recommend replacing an older valve with a new ball valve.
Make necessary repairs – Are there are any problematic pipes or plumbing issues that need attention? Take the time to address these small problems like leaks or slow drains, before the freezing temperatures just make them worse.
Maintain sewers and drains – Backed up maintenance lines allow debris and sediment to gain access to your pipes, causing clogs and even freezing. That’s because when water meets a clog, it becomes stationary, and water freezes easily when it isn’t moving.
Insulate exposed pipes – If your pipes tend to freeze, adequate insulation can make all the difference, so you don’t have to worry about pipes bursting and wreaking havoc on your home. Our expert insulators know how to protect your pipes and lessen the chance of that happening.
Prevention goes a long way – When those extreme cold temperatures arrive, you can take steps to protect your pipes – especially if your insulation is poor or you have pipes along outside-facing walls. Leaving your cabinet or cellar doors open, turning the temp on the thermostat up a bit, and making sure your vent registers are open and working in your favor can all help protect your pipes for the time being.
Prepare for emergencies – Know where your main water shut-off valve is located, in case you need to turn off your water supply in an emergency.
Update older appliances – Older model appliances often involve pipes that are more apt to freeze. Swezey expert plumbers can assess your appliances and help you decide whether the pipes going to and from your dishwasher, icemaker, garbage disposal, faucet, toilet, sump pump, water heater, washer and dryer, bathroom fixtures etc., are safe or need an upgrade or repair.
Turn to Swezey to protect your pipes
Protecting your pipes from freezing means making winterization a priority – no matter if the groundhog has seen his shadow this year or not. You don’t want your pipes freezing and or bursting – along with your peace of mind that you’ll be safe, comfortable and secure in your own home.
That’s why you can count on the plumbing professionals at Swezey; we believe in quality work, not in cutting corners. We never use drain cleaners containing harmful chemicals, which can severely damage your pipes and plumbing systems over time and make them more prone to freezing.
Whether you’re remodeling your Long Island home or need a simple repair or drain cleaning—or anything in between—Swezey is here for you. Contact us to get a free estimate for expert plumbing services and repairs for your Suffolk County home. Schedule a plumbing service call with us for the first time and get a 15% discount!