Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Frozen pipes a concern in sub-zero temperatures

Frozen pipes a concern in sub-zero temperatures

One simple action can help you save thousands from a potential pipe burst during freezing weather.

If your home has interior shutoff valves for outside faucets, close them and drain water from the pipes.

Leave faucets slowly dripping throughout the day.

He recommends opening cabinet doors if you have a sink on an exterior wall, so the heat circulates around the pipes.

A pipe is most likely frozen if only a trickle of water is coming out of the faucet.

During bitter cold weather, he said resist the urge to warm up your auto inside the garage with the doors open, especially if you have a waters supply line or hot water heater in it, because they too can freeze.

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He says when it's cold enough to snow and freeze, it's cold enough to impact the pipes in your house.

If you notice the water isn't running somewhere in your home, plumbers say that's a good sign the pipe is frozen.

You can also wrap the pipes in Styrofoam insulation. Disconnect any garden hoses, as they are a common cause of frozen or broken water pipes.

"If you do have water gushing everywhere in your house and you don't know how to shut your water off, you're going to go to panic mode", Hamilton said.

Schrock said keeping a meter key handy to shut off your water-main from the street before it's too late can prevent a major disaster.

And if you have a garage, Hamilton says keep it closed to trap as much heat in as possible.

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