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Why you should hire a licensed plumber?
Aside from typically having no insurance and no knowledge of Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel and Gas Code, unlicensed plumbers could put your and your family life at risk or cost you thousands of dollars in property damages. If any property damage occurs or someone is injured while working, chances are you will not be covered by your insurance! #licensedplumber #plumber #plumbing #plumerslife #leak #boiler #waterheater #work #princeton #sewer #piping #construction #codes #residential #renovation #remodeling #kitchen #bathroom
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Preventing Freezing and bursting of domestic water pipes!

As the temperatures drop in South Brunswick, NJ, and surrounding areas more and more, people call Five Star Plumbing and Heating regarding frozen plumbing pipes or burst water pipes. After the vicious winter of 2015 it seems that everybody knows someone or had experienced on their own a problem with a frozen pipe, burst pipe or a flooded basement.
Pipes freeze due to quick drops in temperature, poor pipe insulation and when home thermostats are set too low. When frozen pipe bursts, a small crack in the pipe can leak over 200 gallons a day causing flood damage, structural damage, and mold.
Here is some useful information and tips on the subject we created to help you reduce the chances of pipe freezing and the resulting flood damage in your home.
Did you know? In most cases, the bursting of water pipe is not a result of the physical pressure of the expanding ice against the wall of the pipe. It is rather the result of excessive water pressure in the closed system generated by the ice development.
Water expands 9 percent when it freezes, and if there is no room for expansion in the plumbing system severe damage might occur without warning. When water freezes, it forms an ice plug inside the pipe, and the system becomes closed. Any additional formation of the ice plug will result in a pressure rise in the water system downstream between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end. As the ice continues to expand, the pressure in the remaining water continues to rise until the pipe fails. Most of the time, the water pipe will burst where little or no ice had formed. When pipes burst, you may not realize it until you hear the sound of running water when there should be none, you see a flood, or the water pressure is reduced.
Tip #1. Leave a small drip or stream of water in the faucet
Because of the above, it is recommended to leave a small drip or stream of water in the faucet that is connected to the water pipes that might be suspected or have a history of freezing. That will relieve the pressure on the pipes when the water does freeze. Make sure that both hot and cold is opened, and the running water is a little warm. Doing the above might slow or completely stop the process of pipe freezing as it is harder for water to freeze when there is a moving flow. Yes, it is a waste of water and gas but sometimes it’s the only alternative to expensive basement flood repairs and plumbing pipe repairs. Please make sure all the drains traps are properly draining.
Tip#2. Know where the main water valve is.
Make sure you know along with each member of your family the location of your main water valve. Please test the functionality of the valve before every cold weather season or have the plumbing specialist do that for you. Don’t put too much force on valves while closing as there might be scale build-up on them after years of no operation. Call your local plumber for some assistance if you are not comfortable doing this yourself. Call Five Star Plumbing and Heating for help (609) 353-4355
Tip#3. Winter vacations.
If you go on winter vacations make sure the water valve is closed, and pressure is released from the domestic water plumbing system. Leave the heat on and set thermostats at 65. Have someone visit your home every day to make sure everything is working. If that option is not possible, close the main water valve and perform a total house winterization including adding eco-friendly anti-freeze to all your house drains. Have your local plumber phone number handy just in case.
Tip #4 Insulate water pipes
Not properly insulated plumbing water pipes are prone to freeze damage in spots close to the outside walls example: a sink area in front of the window, crawl space, pipes inside a garage or attic. Seal any cold air-drafts that allow cold air near where the pipes are located. Use foam rubber or fiberglass insulation. Usually the more pipe insulation, the better.
Tip #5 Outside sillcocks and faucets.
Close all the sillcock valves and detach garden hoses from them during freezing temperatures. If the home has an extra shut-off valve leading to outside faucet/sillcock, close it and drain the water from the pipes. The frost-proof sillcock valves close the water inside the home where the temperature is warm. If the house will be unheated than all the water lines should be drained and house winterized. You could cover the outside sillcocks with insulation available at your local hardware stores.
Tip #6 When pipes Freeze.
If the pipes Freeze but don’t burst you should call your local plumbing specialist right away. Five Star Plumbing and Heating (609) 353-4355
Finding the area of a frozen pipe is not always easy for a homeowner. Here are some things you could do:
Open all the faucets in the areas of frozen pipes to relieve the water pressure in the system.
Increase the heat especially in the areas prone to pipe freezing. You should not worry about your heating bill when your pipes are frozen. Let that warm air flow close to the exterior wall areas by opening the cabinet doors under the kitchen sink. Don’t leave the house without closing the domestic water valve first or the main water valve. If the pipes burst, you will only waste couple of gallons of water and not have any significant water damage in your house. Run an electric space heater in the area of suspected frozen pipe. Use a hairdryer to warm up the pipes and wait for the water to flow. For the safety avoid operating hair dryer around standing water. Never attempt to thaw a pipe with a flame torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard.

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