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It's So Cold You'll Freeze Your Pipes Off

Plumbing, especially on an exterior wall can be at risk of freezing in extreme temperatures. Be diligent and keep an eye out for slow faucets or broken pipes. If a break occurs shut water off at main valve and leave faucets open and call a plumber quickly. It is likely they will be backed up with calls in cold temps.

Tips to keep your pipes from freezing in extreme cold:

  • Leave your faucets open to a trickle. Especially for plumbing on an outside wall. Keep an eye on the wind chill and effective temperatures.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night.
  • Do not leave garage doors open if you have water lines in the garage. Open the door to your house for heat or add a small electric heater, no fuel fed heaters.
  • Open cabinet doors to warm any un-insulated water supply lines to appliances and sinks.
    Keep doors to bathrooms and closets on exterior walls open so heat can flow through the area evenly

If your pipes are frozen:

  • Shut off the main water valve to avoid any further damage
  • If you know where the freeze is you can try warming the area with a hair dryer. Start at the faucet and work your way back.
  • Call a plumber
  • Pray for warmer weather