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Preventing Freezing Pipes

Written By: Candice Cole
Frozen Pipes

        In sub-zero temperatures like what we've been seeing, frozen pipes can be a real big problem. It's the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with.
     To help prevent your pipes from freezing and potentially bursting, which could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.
     The American Red Cross says to remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses. Be sure to close any inside valves that supply water to the outside. Check your home water lines in unheated areas like your basement, any crawl spaces and your attic.
      You can cover exposed pipes with a pipe sleeve, or you could use heat tape, even newspaper would help keep them from freezing. Keeping faucets on a slow drip will also help.
     Joseph Solomito, a plumber with Struble's Plumbing and Heating in Horseheads says that the most important thing is to keep pipes properly insulated.
     And, it's important that if you do have a frozen pipe that bursts, to call a professional to fix it, as there can be potential hazards like the risk of electric shock.
     Solomito, says, "The plumbing could be running with electrical, or near electrical outlets an what not. I was on one today that water was spraying right up, outside of a wall, all over an outlet and it was an outside water spicket that had frozen four inches into the sub floor."
     Also, opening cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms will allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.