Water Pipes Aren’t Meant to be Frozen: Tips on Keeping Water Flowing

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At Seider Heating, Plumbing & Electrical, we understand that frozen pipes and subsequent water damage can be an expensive, messy ordeal. With a few simple precautions, here’s how to prevent water damage by keeping water pipes from freezing:

  • Insulate pipes that are vulnerable to severe cold—for example, those that run against exterior walls or are located in the attic, crawl spaces, garage, or cabinets.
  • Disconnect all outside hoses, turn off the water to outside faucets, and be careful to drain any remaining water that might be left in hose bibbs.
  • Trickle a stream of water from any faucets that can easily freeze in severe weather—like those on exterior walls.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around plumbing.
  • Don’t set the thermostat in your home lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If pipes do freeze, don’t attempt to thaw them with a torch or open flame!

Need Help with Frozen or Ruptured Pipes?

We do it all and every day—our long-time heating and cooling customers know they can count us for plumbing services, too. Call the master plumbers at Seider for emergency help at 414-354-1180 in Milwaukee, or 262-436-0505 in Waukesha, or 262-251-8900 in Menomonee Falls.

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