This year, winter’s taking its sweet time to arrive in NYC. The average temperature is warmer than it usually is in December, but as we all know, that can change in the blink of an eye. Whether they’re the result of a sudden cold snap or sustained cold temperatures, frozen pipes are a nightmare you don’t want to have to deal with.
What Happens When Pipes Freeze?
Water supply lines and drain pipes can freeze when they’re exposed too long to temperatures at or below 32 degrees F. This can result in a situation where you have no water available at the tap; sinks, showers, toilets and tubs that can’t drain; or, in the worst case scenario, burst pipes. In any of these situations, you’ll want to call your NYC plumber right away: if frozen pipes can be addressed before they break or burst, it’s much better for you and all your stuff.
Which Pipes Are Most Likely To Freeze?
In NYC, many buildings have their water meters and water pipes in the basement. For many building managers, this is not their first rodeo: they know how important it is to keep those meters and pipes protected from the cold. However, sometimes despite everyone’s best intentions, these pipes freeze. Also vulnerable are any outdoor fixtures and pipes, as well as pipes that are in unprotected, unfinished spaces.
Sometimes, if your apartment gets very cold for any reason, the pipes can freeze in your living space. If this happens, do not try to thaw them yourself using a torch – the risk of a dangerous, life-threatening fire is very high! Your NYC plumber can fix the problem quickly and safely.