A Few Last Minute Suggestions About Frozen Water Pipes

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Harrison Pirtle
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Updated: 1/07 9:49 am
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF-TV) Weather in the tri-state region is unpredictable, but the temperature doesn't get down in single digits very often.
When it does, most us begin to worry about frozen water pipes.
Chances are you're already way ahead of us but here are a few reminders--- just in case.

"KIT" STEAKLEY, PLUMBING CONTRACTOR "What's the biggest mistake people make? Leaving the ventilators under the house open."

Kit Steakley says plumbers stay busy in the winter, but especially when the weather turns this cold.
He says keeping the cold wind off the pipes in the best plan.

"KIT" STEAKLEY "If you closeup those vents, there's enough heat loss through the floor to keep..even if its insulated to keep that warmer..above freezing..all its got to be is above 32 degrees."

By now, hopefully you have covered exposed pipes with insulation. Its one of the easiest things do may ever do, run your thumb down it to open the insulation and slip it over the pipe.
Then open cabinet doors so that heat can get to pipes under sinks.

Now, if the pipe does freeze---don't overdo it!
Try a hair-dryer or heating pad first.

"KIT" STEAKLEY "Don't put a flame ..you don't have to use a torch...because that's the worst thing ..you can burn your house down.".

You may have some major problems when the pipes thaw,especially if they're in out of the way places.

DAN COMBS,ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, FIRESTAR "People don't think about the fact that you know they may have a waterline running through an attic space that's not conditioned, not insulated, and that pipe freezes and busts, and floods the entire house."

Dan Combs and FireStar come in with the equipment to dry it out.

DAN COMBS "It can get expensive, yes sir..it sure can."

Like they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

And, if you're not already doing it---turn each faucet on and let it drip.
Sometimes the easiest solution is the best.


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