Avoiding Burst Pipes This Winter

Homeowners throughout Vermont and New Hampshire are already bracing themselves for what is sure to be another long, bitterly cold winter season. With all of the shoveling that lies ahead, switching over to your snow tires, chopping wood, fuel deliveries, and everything else that winter in this region entails, it can be easy to forget about your plumbing system. We urge you to keep your pipes in mind when the temperatures really start to drop, though. You don’t want to find yourself in need of plumbing repairs in Charlestown, NH, because your pipes have burst. Read the following tips to help minimize this risk, and be sure to contact HB Energy Solutions if you have any need for plumbing repairs this winter.

Open Cabinets and Drawers

You may not want to keep your cabinets and drawers open all of the time, but you should do so when the air gets extremely cold outside. In your kitchen and bathroom, there are likely pipes in your cabinets and behind your drawers, often up against exterior walls. By keeping your cabinets and drawers open, you can facilitate the circulation of heated air around these pipes. If you choose to do so, please remember to remove any chemicals and cleaners from those cabinets if you have pets or young children in the house.

Keep a Trickle Flowing

All it takes is a bit of water moving through your pipes to help prevent the type of ice buildup that can lead to frozen, and ultimately burst, pipes. We know that this runs counter to your instincts as a homeowner, as you don’t want to waste water. Don’t think of it as a waste, though, but rather a proper use of water for preventing the waste of much larger amounts, and extensive plumbing damages, due to burst pipes.


If you have exposed or easily accessible pipes, especially in a garage or unheated areas of your home, insulate them. The cost of some pipe sleeves is far less than that of having your pipes repaired. Contact us if you have any questions, or if you need any plumbing services, emergency or otherwise.

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