space-and-company-iceBY KATHY WALSH (

Low temps, ice and snow could equal bursting pipes. This is common fear for homeowners which may bring water spraying, spilling and leaking not to mention water damage with costly plumbing repairs.
Here are some simple steps for homeowners to keep their pipes from freezing and bursting….

  • Allow a small trickle of water to constantly drip; water constantly flowing will prevent freezing
  • Disconnect any outside hoses from faucets and turn them off
  • Purchase and install foam insulation…taping over the joints of pipes where the insulation meets will help to keep pipes warmer
  • Install electric heating tape around exposed pipes, this may be purchased at most hardware stores
  • Know the location of shut off valves in the event of a frozen pipe bursting

If you’re planning on being out of town during a particularly cold time of year, have your neighbors or a friend check in on your pipes the same way you would have someone check on your pets. The last thing you want is to come home to a flood in your house because a pipe burst and no one was there to see it. These measures aren’t 100 percent effective and every homeowner (including every member of the family) should know the location of their water shut-off switch in case a pipe does burst, as closing it will keep the water from gushing in until you can get it fixed.

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