Don’t Let Burst Pipes Ruin Your MetroWest Home

Old Man Winter has been hitting the MetroWest area hard this year, and frigid temperatures bring the risk of frozen and burst pipes. The licensed professionals at Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to help in the case of an emergency but are also glad to offer some tips on mitigating damage to your home.Burst pipe in a Framingham area home

If a Pipe Bursts

In the case of a burst pipe, the first step is to shut off the water supply, either at the source for the affected pipe or to the entire home, as quickly as possible to limit water damage. Minutes count when protecting your home and belongings. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the location of the main shut-off valve before an emergency to avoid wasting time searching for it.

After shutting off the water, call Nicholson. We’ll respond as quickly as possible. In the meantime, remove any standing water. A wet-dry vacuum will make the process faster. Use fans and a dehumidifier to help speed drying.

Keep Your Plumbing Safe

To help avoid a plumbing emergency during cold weather, homeowners can take proactive steps to winterize their pipes:

  • Protect and insulate exposed pipes by wrapping them in foam insulation.
  • During frigid weather, let faucets trickle by slightly opening both the hot and cold taps.
  • Don’t give the cold a way into the plumbing from the outside. Remove garden hoses from outside spigots. Insulate the spigots with foam covers.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach pipes more easily.
  • Use a space heater to keep areas prone to freezing warm.

In the Event of a Frozen Pipe

If a pipe should freeze, homeowners need to know the right (and wrong) ways to thaw them. If an exposed pipe does freeze, the safe options for thawing it include hair dryers, heat lamps, and space heaters. The wrong way to thaw a pipe is by using an open flame such as a propane torch. This will only lead to the need for expensive repairs.

To avoid the need to cut into a wall to thaw an enclosed pipe, call a professional plumber for help. They can use an infrared lamp to heat the pipe through the wall.

Let Us Help

If MetroWest homeowners need help preparing their plumbing for winter or have an emergency, the licensed professionals at Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning have your back. If a pipe bursts or needs unthawing, contact us at 508-881-1500 or schedule service online and save $25. We proudly offer discounts for seniors, veterans and disabled individuals.

Our level of commitment to our customer and superior service is the reason you can find comfort in choosing Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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  • Francis from Nicholson Plumbing and Heating was excellent. He was here to evaluate HVAC in our home. He was very patient and answered all my questions. He is also polite and easy to communicate with him. He explained technical concepts to me in layperson terms!

    - Shelley S.

  • Nicholson offered what is possibly the best customer service I have dealt with in a home repair situation.  I called them because I was looking to replace my very old furnace.  They came out to do an initial estimate, and then came back when I had some further questions about my options.  After installing the furnace, they ran into some problems with my air ducts.  This happened on a Friday, and the problem was fixed by Monday afternoon.  In addition to their excellent service, they did quality work at a fair price.  I would recommend them to anyone looking for an HVAC company in the Framingham area!

    - Melissa T.

  • Recently used these guys because my HVAC unit AC wasn’t working (first hot day of summer).  Showed up on time, wore booties, fixed the unit.  During the visit we talked about how my unit was having problems in the winter – which was resulting in NSTAR service calls of maybe 3-4 times per season (I am on a service plan with them).   He was the first guy to tell me WHY the problem was happening, and HOW to fix it.  I find it strange that all of the NSTAR guys etc. no one took time to point out how to fix the source of the problem…Very professional, smart.  I would use them again, and plan to for the fix on my heating unit!

    - Ben J.

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