Cold temperatures outside could cause damages inside

Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors and make sure you've closed inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.

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. Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces.

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Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping including meter fix costs.

- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near outside walls.

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

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Wilmette architect and builder Tony Perry urges his clients, family and friends every winter to take precautions to prevent pipes from freezing.

Along with running your water, experts say to keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. If that happens, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.

The full City of Winnipeg guidelines for dealing with frozen pipes can be found here. Don't use an open flame or an electric arc welder to thaw frozen water lines. Illinois American Water released a guide to help homeowners. Seal these leaks with caulking or insulation to keep cold air away from your pipes.

She detailed, "If you think about this, you have a pipe that breaks in the second story bathroom, and it leaks the whole way through your house, you're talking about wet floors, wet drywall, wet carpet".

Heat should be applied to the frozen section of pipe once it is identified by using an electric heating pad, a hair dryer, a portable space heater or by wrapping the pipe with towels soaked in hot water.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. You may need to call a professional that specializes in "Frozen Plumbing".

  • Carlos Nash