City leaders in Atchison are urging business and home owners to protect pipes from freezing during the cold snap.
City Manager Trey Cocking says older homes and mobile homes are especially susceptible to problems.
He offered the following tips for protecting pipes as temperatures remain well below freezing:
-Turn on faucets to drip rapidly or emit a small stream just about the size of a pencil. Water circulation will normally help prevent frozen pipes.
-Turn up the thermostat. The additional cost to heat your home may prevent expensive pipe repairs.
-Open cabinets under sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
-Make sure basement or crawl space has adequate heat to prevent pipes from freezing conditions.
-Insulating of pipes may prevent freezing. Check with your local plumber or home parts supply shop for more information.
-If a freeze up occurs, the following steps are suggested:
-Check all faucets for flow, especially the bathtub or faucet closest to the water source.
-DO NOT use an open flame to thaw pipes.
-If you must, use a hair dryer or heat source that has a power source supplied from a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) outlet only. Never leave it unattended and avoid distractions.
-Never open your meter pit yourself. Not only would this be dangerous and unnecessary, it's also illegal.
Cocking said Atchison residents can call 913-367-5561 from 8:00am-5:00pm weekdays and 913-367-4323 after hours, holidays and weekends to speak with someone about utility-related needs.