Wintertime in NYC is a frigid period of the year. When the temperature drops, many apartments and homes in the city have pipes in places that are exposed to the cold temperatures. Pipes are often installed in areas of the home that cannot be seen, such as the crawl space. Crawl spaces are partially exposed to the elements through air vents, so even a brief cold front can freeze the water inside the pipes and cause significant damage to the plumbing system.
There are many quick fixes and suggestions for keeping your pipes safe from freezing, but the most effective and preventative measure is to hire a Manhattan plumber to insulate the pipes before the winter hits. Manhattan plumbers also recommend keeping the heat above 50 throughout the entire winter.
There is a common misconception that if you let your pipes run, they will not freeze. This might work for a brief cold snap but will cause significant damage if there is a long cold front. The trickling water will freeze, build up, and cause pipes to crack, split, and become blocked until they thaw out.
A plumber in Manhattan, with experience, should do all of the wrapping and insulation. Incorrect insulation may leave to ineffective protection from the cold.Related Reading