Simple steps to prevent frozen pipes

Published On: Jan 03 2014 06:03:45 PM CST
Frozen pipes

An arctic front is expected to settle in across the state Saturday, with the temperatures dipping down below zero the next couple of days.

The drop in temperatures could cause problems for your plumbing.

Local plumbers say they are ready to deal with frozen pipes, but the problem is preventable.

Corey Horne, Reddi Rooter, said homeowners should know where their emergency shutoff valve is located. This will help if your pipes have already burst.

"Some other people like to keep water running so it doesn't sit idle and freeze up in one spot," he said.

Other tips include opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors, and leave the heat at least 55-degrees in your home.

If you turn on your faucets, and no water flows, leave the faucet on and call a plumber, advises AAA Insurance.

Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or open flame, although a hair dryer may be able to help warm the pipe.