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Protecting Your Pipes From The Holiday Freeze

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As temperatures dip below freezing, a major concern is water freezing in your house pipes, causing them to burst.

"If you do have pipes that burst, of course you're not going to realize they burst until it starts thawing out, and then it's going to be too late," said owner of Brian's Plumbing Brian Walser.

However, there are some measures you can take to protect your pipes from freezing and causing a flood in your home.

First, Walser suggests taking the hose attachment off any outside faucet and wrapping it in a towel or blanket. If you don't, "The water will freeze inside that hose and it will follow the pipe until it goes inside the wall, and freeze and bust in the wall," said Walser.

Second, pipes inside your home should be exposed to heat. Walser said to open the cabinets blocking the pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, in order to allow heat in. You can also add an extra source of heat, like approved electrical home heaters, to make sure your pipes don't freeze.

"Be real cautious on what you use for heat," said Walser. "Anything that of course produces carbon monoxide, you don't want to use in a house; Anything that produces flames, you don't want to use in a  house."

Walser also stresses knowing how to shut off the water to your home. "A response team from us or any other plumbing company in town may take, you know, minutes or hours to get to your house, so be able to shut the water off to your home," said Walser.

 

Christina Myers
Newschannel Six
cmyers@kauz.com