How to Help Keep Your Pipes From Freezing Tonight

9:08 PM, Jan 3, 2012   |    comments
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Winter weather is upon us and that means homeowners beware of the freezing temperatures that can cause great damage to your pipes.

Heath Vickers at Mr., Rooter Plumbing in Macon says they receive a lot of phone calls about burst pipes.

He says taking the proper precautions can help save you a huge repair bill.

Vickers outlines some tips homeowners can take:

- Insulate or wrap towels around your faucets and exposed pipes.

-Open cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate and keep pipes warm.

- Secure windows, crawl spaces and basement doors.

- Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets.

- Keep faucets running at a constant drip or trickle.

Vickers says its good to know where your water shut-off valve is located in your home.  Knowing where your valve is located can help you if your pipes freeze and burst.

To safely thaw your pipes if they burst, homeowners should:

- Turn off the water at the shut-off valve.

- Open up the nearest faucet to allow water to drain when the ice melts.

- Heat the exterior pipes with a hair dryer.  Do not keep heat in one spot move the air around.

- Do Not try to thaw the pipes with an open flame.

Vickers says depending on the damage of the pipe burst the cost can be well into the thousands.

"Obviously the reasons it can get so high is because of the damage that can occur in the house other than just the plumbing. It can ruin your floors maybe the walls especially if you have a two story house and something freezes and burst upstairs it can be really really damaging to the rest of the house," said Vickers.

He advises homeowners to take the safety steps now, so they can avoid the stress of a frozen or burst pipe.

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