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Keep a trickle: Plumbers offer tips for avoiding frozen pipes

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Published: Jan. 25, 2019 at 5:28 PM EST
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(1/25/2019) - A slow trickle from your faucet can save you an instant headache over the next few days.

"Because when the water is moving in the pipe, it won't freeze as long as it's moving," explained John Davis, Service Manager at Blessing Plumbing and Heating Company.

They're already responding to a number of homes with frozen or broken pipes, thanks to these freezing temperatures, that are only expected to get colder.

"Usually a pipe freezes when it's located or running through an un-conditioned area, an area that's maybe not sealed up or insulated well," Davis said. "Crawl spaces are a common one."

To prevent any possibly issues, he suggested checking on your pipes to make sure they're well insulated and the space they're in is sealed off.

And, if that faucet trickle starts to disappear or the pressure reduces, "Bump the heat up in the house a little bit and try to get heat into those areas where the pipes are freezing," Davis said. "They don't ever want to try to use an open flame to thaw 'em out because of the risk of starting your house on fire."

Another pro tip for pipes under the sink, Davis suggested leaving the cabinet doors open, so warm air can circulate there.

"If you get lucky enough, they may, if the weather moderates or you get heat into that area, it will just thaw itself out eventually," he explained.

And just in case, Davis said crews are ready to help get your water back on, no matter the temperature.

"They dress for the weather; and, we know we're going to have to be out in this weather, so you just have to prepare for it," he added.

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