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Preventing pipes from freezing in extreme cold

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 4:36 PM CST
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PEKIN (25 News) - It is a nightmare no homeowner wants to deal with, frozen pipes. When it is as cold in Central Illinois as it has been on New Years Weekend and during the typical winters it becomes a very real possibility. There are ways to prevent this and that can save you time, headache, and most importantly, MONEY.

You have heard all the tricks and they are certified by plumbers across the country. When the temperature outside gets to that dangerous level, for starters, open the cabinets under your sinks. Especially those sinks on external walls. Another thing you can do is turn the hot water on those sinks to a slow drip to allow movement of water, thus helping prevent the water from freezing.

But what happens if the worst-case scenario arrives? Dave Osborn, the owner of Troublefree Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, says you need to move quickly.

“If you do have frozen pipes The first thing I would do is go and turn off the water to the house and then go around and inspect all of your pipes and see if you have any splits in them because once it does thaw out then it could flood the house.” Said Osborn.

He also cautioned the use of space heaters in crawl spaces and basements, saying that they increase your risk of a house fire. Osborn said that you should insulate your pipes, regardless of the type of construction your house is.

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