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Emergency Cold Weather Q&A

HVAC Cold Weather Preperation Newfoundland NJ

Emergency Cold Weather Q&A
We’ve set some cold weather records recently here in New Jersey  – and winter’s not done with us by a long shot. Here are a few questions, answers, and reminders about how to help you keep your home and family safe in the cold months to come.

Q: Do you provide emergency service?

A: Yes, we offer emergency HVAC and water heater repair and plumbing service – just be sure to troubleshoot your heating system before scheduling a service call.

  1. How do I prevent frozen pipes?

    A. Frozen pipes can cause significant problems in your NJ home – but most of the time they’re preventable with a few simple precautions. Here are three keys to preventing frozen pipes:

Pre- winter

  • Insulate pipes in areas exposed to cold air (garage, unheated basement, etc.)
  • Seal air leaks around holes in exterior walls
  • Shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets

During a cold snap

  • Run a trickle of warm water overnight on especially cold nights
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks. 

If you go on vacation or own a second home

  • Keep your thermostat set for a minimum of 55°F
  • Ask a neighbor to check your home during cold snaps
  • Follow all directions for “Pre-winter” above

  1. What happens if my pipes have already frozen or burst?

    A. If your pipes are frozen:
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with a hair dryer; start by warming the pipe close to the faucet, working toward the coldest section of pipe. If that doesn’t provide immediate and complete relief, contact us right away. Never use and open flame to melt frozen pipes!

If your water pipes have burst:

Mark Lindsay Plumbing is here to keep your family warm and safe – contact us for emergency service 24/7/365 at 973.728.8900!

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