Peterman Brothers, a leading plumbing service provider in the area, offers tips to reduce the risk of burst pipes, water damage and unexpected repair or replacement costs
INDIANAPOLIS , February 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Peterman Brothers, a leading HVAC and plumbing company serving the Greater Indianapolis area recommends homeowners take preventative measures to reduce the risk of frozen pipes this winter.
When temperatures drop, pipes can freeze and block the flow of water inside. If the water freezes and expands, the pipes could burst, leading to water damage and repair or replacement costs.
Peterman Brothers, a leading HVAC and plumbing company in the greater Indianapolis area, recommends homeowners take preventive measures to reduce the risk of frozen pipes this winter.
“It doesn't have to get very cold for your pipes to freeze and burst, but it can cause significant damage and be a major headache to repair,” he said Chad Peterman, president of Peterman Brothers. “Emergency services can be disruptive and there can be significant unexpected costs to repair the damage and replace the damaged pipes.”
However, with a few simple steps, you can ensure that your home's pipes remain protected and water continues to flow even in freezing temperatures. Peterman advises homeowners:
- Set the thermostat to 55 degrees or higher: Even if you are away for an extended period of time, maintaining a minimum temperature of 55 degrees will prevent most interior pipes from freezing.
- Open cabinet and vanity doors: Allowing your home's heated air to enter the pipes beneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks will reduce the risk of them freezing.
- Keep faucets open: Allow a drop of cold water to slowly drip from the sink or bathtub faucet, especially if these faucets are connected to outdoor pipes.
- Check the Insulation: Over time, gaps will appear in your home's insulation that will allow cold air to enter. Replace outdated insulation, weatherproof doors and windows, and check unheated areas such as basements, attics and crawlspaces for drafts. Pipes can also be wrapped for insulation. Pay particular attention to pipes that serve unheated areas or are located in exterior walls, as these are at greater risk of freezing.
If your pipes freeze, you can gently thaw them using a mild heat source such as an electric heating pad, a hair dryer, a space heater, or simply a blanket soaked in hot water or a towel wrapped around the pipes. Do not use high heat or open flame. Turn on the faucets; The flow of water in the pipes contributes to thawing.
In the event of a burst or burst pipe, you will know where your home's main water valve is located. You can prevent major water damage by turning off the water supply.
“A small investment of time and money can potentially save you thousands of dollars in damages,” Peterman said. “Taking the time to understand the risks and taking some precautions can give you and your family peace of mind through the coldest months of the year.”
Peterman Brothers is here to help you with all your electrical, HVAC and plumbing problems. For more information, call (260) 201-3070 or visit https://www.petermanhvac.com/.
About Peterman Brothers
Founded in 1986, Peterman Brothers provides residential heating, cooling and plumbing services Greater Indianapolis area Area. As a second-generation family-owned business, the company offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee with every new HVAC equipment installation. All technicians are certified through the North American Technical Excellence (NATE) program and are fully insured. Peterman Brothers offers several financing options with approved credit. To learn more, call (260) 201-3070 or visit https://www.petermanhvac.com.
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