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How To Prevent Frozen Pipes When Your Furnace Breaks

When your furnace breaks down mid-winter, you can count on the experts
at Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning to be there. We can absolutely
bring you the repair and replacement services you need most, when you
need them. However, a home left without a furnace for even a few hours
can be exposed to some serious risks, chief among them: Freezing or bursting pipes.


The experts at Jerry Kelly are here today to bring you the tips and advice
you need to ensure your pipes are safe from disaster if you find your
home temporarily without heat this winter.

Preliminary Preparation: Be Sure Your Pipes Are Ready

The best line of defense when it comes to your home is and will always
be preparation. The best thing you can do is schedule a tune-up for your
furnace every year. To ensure your pipes can handle the chill of winter,
be sure to take these steps:


    • Insulate pipes. Pipes that are exposed to open air, such as those found
      in crawlspaces and basements, should be insulated to improve resistance
      to freezing and a potential frozen pipe burst. Pipe insulation is inexpensive,
      and can simply be fitted over existing pipes with ease.


    • Have adequate insulation. If you live in an older home, or a home that
      you did not build yourself, it’s a great idea to invest in having
      your insulation inspected by a professional. Inadequate insulation puts
      your pipes at risk, and increases your heating costs to boot!


    • Use heating cables. There are heating cables available on the market that
      apply steady heat to your pipes via electricity. These make a great precaution,
      and can ensure your pipes are prepared to stave off a frozen pipe burst.


    • Know your pipes. Be aware of where the shutoff valve to your water supply
      is. If the worst happens, knowing this can save you some serious stress
      (and flooding!).


What To Do When Your Furnace Goes Down

Besides immediately calling a dependable professional to begin repairing
or replacing your furnace, there are some steps you should take to give
your pipes as much help as you can afford them.


    • Create a slow drip. You’ve probably heard someone say to leave a
      faucet running slightly in colder weather to prevent pipe freezing or
      a frozen pipe burst. This is absolutely true! Leaving your water running
      on a low drip (as low as you can get it is fine, you don’t need
      the faucet running full-force) reduces the risk of freezing, and in the
      event of a freeze occurring, reduces the risk of a burst. Why? Because
      it lowers the pressure buildup in your pipes, which is what often causes
      a burst pipe.


    • Use portable heat. Electric space heaters make for an excellent emergency
      solution. Place them throughout your home where pipes are most vulnerable,
      such as the basement, or near cabinetry that houses plumbing. Do not leave
      heaters unattended!


    • Circulate warm air. Open cabinets, closets and other spaces that contain
      plumbing to circulate warmer air and reduce the chance of a freeze-up.


Emergency Furnace Solutions with Jerry Kelly

In the event of furnace breakdown or failure, don’t trust your heating
needs to just anyone. The certified experts at Jerry Kelly are your
St. Louis furnace installation and repair contractor, and have the skills, tools and experience you
need to get your heating system back up and running. We’ve been providing
quality solutions to our consumers for nearly forty years, and have built
our reputation upon excellence and quality.
Contact Jerry Kelly today to learn more about our heating services, or to set up an appointment!