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Tips to keep pipes from freezing

December 31, 2017 08:40 AM

ROCHESTER, NY (WHEC) –

The extreme cold is creating overtime for local plumbers, who are flooded with calls to fix frozen pipes.

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John Long with J&M Plumbing suggests taking appropriate steps now to protect your home from frozen pipes.

“People buy homes inheriting these problems where water lines run on outside walls, which is a huge no no, but when you buy a home you don’t have the choice on where they run,” explained Long, who runs his family business. 

One thing you can do is turn on the faucet so a trickle of water comes out, Long suggests using cold water so it isn’t costing you money to warm it up. As long as water is flowing through those pipes it should keep any from freezing. 

Another step is pretty easy: open up cupboards where those pipes are located and move things out. This allows warm air to get to those pipes.

Long explains you may not know there’s an issue until after the weather warms up above freezing. If your pipes burst this week, the frozen water can clog the damage. Once it thaws, water will come pouring out, destroying dry wall and flooring.

If at any point you realize your water pressure is slowing down or stops before you see water damage, call a plumber to check it out. It could save you thousands of dollars. 

Plumbers also suggest removing insulation, which may sound counterintuitive.

“If the pipe is insulated, it can freeze because the heat can’t get to it. So take away the insulation and the pipe will get heated,” said Long.

He points out even if your pipes are normally ok during the winter, this week is unusually challenging because of the number of days the temperature is below freezing.

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Stephanie Robusto

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