Keep your pipes from freezing in the cold

Keep your pipes from freezing in the cold”

While this has resulted in some impressive visuals such as the frozen Downtown Cary fountain, it has also created problems for water utilities in town.

A lot more water is wasted from a leaky or gushing pipe than from taking this precaution, according to the release. But this week, when you open it all your pipes are going to be frozen.

"This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it (the water), including metal or plastic pipes", the site reads. A leak will probably be detected as temperatures begin to warm and the water in the pipes melts.

Cold, winter weather has arrived and New Castle Water Plant Superintendent Greg Phipps is urging customers to secure homes and businesses against freezing pipes to avoid costly repairs.

A sure sign of a frozen pipe is just a small trickle or no water at all coming from a faucet.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. "You're gonna turn it on slowly to make sure that you're not getting any seepage", says Cox.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.

If you go away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home.

The cold weather could be blamed for many big messes in the city of Scranton.

Any outdoor-use hoses should be drained and stored indoors. Pipes that are located in unheated areas of the home, or run along exterior walls, are particularly vulnerable to freezing. You can safely use space heaters, turned up moderately to heat up pipes and allow the heat to get into the walls. Bob Schultheis, a natural resource engineering specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, suggests installing specific products made to protect and insulate those pipes, such as a pipe sleeve. Freezing conditions will persist until noon (Wednesday) at which time there will be a short period of above freezing temperatures before they drop again (Wednesday) evening.

Keep the faucet open.

- If you have experienced problems in the past during freezing periods, keep a trickle of water running from the faucet highest in the house. Once the water inside the pipe begins to melt, the flowing water will help melt the ice. If your pipes freeze, use a space heater or hair dryer to heat the area around your meter and pipes.

If full water pressure can not be restored, call a licensed plumber.

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