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Protect your pipes as temperatures drop

31 December 2017, 12:39 | Erma Lawrence

Protect your pipes as temperatures drop

Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing

Homeowners should take steps should take steps to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes. "The issue is that when things start to melt again and the water comes back, it'll flood a house".

He also said it's not just the cold temperature that causes damage to pipes, but when you have strong wind behind it that's when pipes are most likely to freeze or burst. It's also advised to let the water faucet drip.

Mobile homes are especially vulnerable to frozen pipes due to the empty space under them.

- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near outside walls.

Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in it.

Know the location of main water shut-off valve.

If your pipes do freeze, shut off your water immediately.

Protect pipes and water meter. If not, wrap and insulate outside faucets or hose bibs.

Madison Water Utility has an email alert service that will notify you if there's been an unusually high amount of water being used for 24 hours, which can be a sign of a cracked or broken water pipe.

Plumbers throughout Central Illinois have been on frozen pipe calls all day Friday. This expansion breaks the pipe causing water to leak.

If pipes do freeze and the customer can locate the frozen area, use a hair dryer or heat tape to thaw the area.

Do not blowtorch, or use kerosene or propane heater, or charcoal stove or any other open flame device.

Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.

Your water will be extremely cold (less than 35 degrees). When you are away: Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen.

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