Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating
Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Bad Way to Freeze Your Assets

Frozen pipes are more than an inconvenience. On average, a quarter-million families have their homes ruined each winter due to frozen water pipes. A 1/8” crack can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, wrecking floors, furniture and keepsakes. Both plastic (PVC) pipes and copper pipes can burst.

Here are a few simple steps to protect your home:
  • Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Use heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables to wrap pipes.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside, near where pipes are located. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
  • If you’re away – set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees, and ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it is warm enough to prevent freezing.

Technology Turns Plumbing into Hi-Tech Savings

Plumbing technology is making leaps and bounds toward increased functionality and comfort.
Anti-scald Valves
These prevent the “shower shock” caused by sudden extremes in water temperature – due to a toilet flushing or someone turning on the washing machine.
Sensor Technology
Sensors are hygienic and limit the spread of communicable diseases and germs. Sensors keep water from flowing continuously, saving water and lowering utility costs.
Take advantage of new plumbing technology to increase your savings and your comfort, and let us know how we can help.

Plumbing Secrets Exposed

A little maintenance can prevent common plumbing problems.
Keep an eye on washing machine hoses. Investing in braided stainless steel hoses can prevent a leak that causes costly water damage.
Watch for wasted water. Turn off all faucets and fixtures and check to see if your water meter is still running.
Watch for puddles around your water heater. Leaks can signal the end of your water heater’s lifespan.
Shut it off. To help keep your external faucets from cracking, shut off the water before the first freeze and insulate them.

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