An important safety warning is to never to use gas or open flames near plumbing.
Richard Patnode, of Richard Patnode Plumbing Heating in Ticonderoga, also noted that heaters can be good for basements and for crawlspaces. In addition, he stressed the importance of insulation, advising homeowners to make sure cracks in their outside walls are tightly sealed.
“It doesn’t take much of a crack for wind to blow in and freeze the pipes,” he said.
For Donah, such emergencies have made him a very busy man during the past week.
“I’m busy almost seven days a week, year-round,” he said. So, the frozen pipes of winter mean working late. “I still fit people in if they call me, even if I have to work late.”
For homeowners, however, it is far better to take preventative measures. Patnode said: “There’s lots of things you can do. People are smartening up and doing things in their house to prevent pipes from freezing. A lot of people have smartened up, and some haven’t.”