Cold Weather Brings Threat to Pipes

Cold Weather Brings Threat to Pipes

With a streak of cold days ahead, it's important to take the necessary precautions to avoid frozen pipes.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) With a streak of cold days ahead, it's important to take the necessary precautions to avoid frozen pipes.

The Missouri insurance industry suggests the following tips to keep pipes from freezing.

* Detach water hoses and store them indoors prior to the first freeze.
 
 
* Use faucet covers or wrap rags, paper, trash bags or plastic foam around outdoor faucets and 
   pipes for insulation.
 
*   Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
 
*  When extremely cold weather is forecast, open kitchen and bathroom cabinets that border 
    outside walls to expose water pipes to warmer indoor air.
 
*  Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an  
    unheated space. Alternatively, consider turning off the shut-off valve while these faucets are  
    running in order to drain the pipes and help avoid freezing.
 
*  If you leave town for more than a few days in winter, don't turn down the indoor thermostat 
    too low.  
 
*  In the event your pipes freeze, turn off your water at the shut-off valve.
 
*  Don't leave electrical appliances near frozen pipes.
 
*  Don't use high-risk techniques in an attempt to thaw frozen pipes.  This can result in more 
    substantial damage.  If you try to thaw your own pipes, be careful.  Think twice, you may need 
    to call a professional plumber for assistance.
 
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