City offers tips for preventing frozen pipes

City offers tips for preventing frozen pipes

City offers tips for preventing frozen pipes

Here's what you need to do to make sure you don't end up with frozen pipes - and a giant mess.

Make sure the lids on outdoor meter pits are not broken or missing.

To help protect your pipes, the City of Lawrence is offering some tips to prevent them from bursting - and hopefully save you from some costly repairs. A little wasted water can save you from a burst pipe and a big, watery mess. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. "If you do it on the hot side, the water heater is filled with the cold water".

Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Run cold water in a fast drip or steady stream about the size of a pencil lead through a household faucet.

As temperatures nosedive, the Waterloo Water Works is encouraging people to take precautions to avoid frozen water pipes to their homes.

He also said it's not just the cold temperature that causes damage to pipes, but when you have strong wind behind it that's when pipes are most likely to freeze or burst.

Meanwhile, there have been four reports of underground frozen pipes, which the City says is normal for a Winnipeg winter.

Turn off outside faucets- Don't forget to disconnect your hose.

When water freezes it expands and can cause pressure on metal and plastic pipes.

The city of Kalamazoo's Public Services Department has issued a Frozen Water Service Advisory.

Keep the faucet open.

Experts are warning people not to ever use an open flame to thaw the pipes. "The issue is that when things start to melt again and the water comes back, it'll flood a house". Seal leaks with caulking or insulation to keep cold air away.

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