Plumbing & Heating Tips to Prepare for a Winter Storm

If you live in Buffalo, NY, you’ve likely had your fair share of experience dealing with winter storms and blizzards. A major part of properly winterizing your home involves protecting and monitoring your plumbing system before, during, and after a storm. In preparing for any winter storm, be sure to follow these winter storm plumbing preparation and heating tips:

Protect your pipes from freezing

Protecting your pipes from freezing involves insulation, especially for pipes located in the basement, attic, or exterior walls where freezing is most likely. A plumbing professional can insulate your pipes with thick foam insulation and caulking so they are fully protected. This is one of the simplest and most cost-effective measures you can take to prevent your pipes from bursting or freezing during extreme cold.

Locate your furnace exhaust pipe

Before winter weather hits, it’s important to locate your home’s furnace exhaust pipe – and make sure everyone in your family knows where it’s located, as well. While some exhaust pipes are on or near a roof, many of them are located at the side of the house. During heavy snow accumulations, exhaust pipes can become clogged quickly with ice and snow. This can cause exhaust to get trapped in your home, shutting off heat and potentially causing the build-up of carbon monoxide.

Find a plumber that offers 24/7 emergency services

Unfortunately, not every plumbing problem can be prevented before a storm hits. That’s why it’s important to find a plumbing company that offers around-the-clock emergency services. When life-threatening plumbing problems occur, emergency plumbers can handle any plumbing situation without an appointment, during evenings, weekends, and overnight hours. From on-call advice to prompt repairs, there are many benefits of emergency plumbing services – especially during winter storm events.

Looking for emergency plumbing services this winter? Located in Buffalo, NY, The Plumber, Heating and Cooling offers 24/7 emergency plumbing services to homeowners and businesses. To learn more about emergency plumbing and winter storm plumbing preparation, contact our Buffalo office directly and learn how we can assist with your plumbing and heating needs.

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