Beware of Frozen Pipes

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

We've all heard the warnings about winterizing our pipes, but it’s something that's more important then ever as we brace for some extremely cold temperatures, possibly the coldest of the season.

Scott Martinez at Olson's Plumbing and Heating says calls for frozen pipes this winter have been non-stop.

"This year has definitely been busier than any of the others," said Martinez.

And with the coldest air of the season expected to move in Friday morning, it’s about to get worse. To prevent a mess inside your house it’s best to take precautions now.

"Take the extra time to open the cabinet doors to any outside sinks you might have, disconnect the hoses to the faucets and keep a steady drip of water flowing on the hot and the cold," said Martinez.

And there are even a few other options to prevent the cold from getting to your pipes. You can wrap your pipes in foam or use tape that's heated, simple steps that could save you a lot.

"They don't realize it until its too late, it causes damage to the floors, the walls, it just ends up being more costly in the long run,” said Jeovanny Lovos from Home Depot.

It’s also important to keep your thermostat above 55-degrees and if you have a pipe that breaks, be sure to know where the water shut-off valve is.

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