How to keep your pipes from freezing in cold temperatures

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Colder temperatures are beginning to linger, and that freezing air can affect your water pipes. Pipes in homes and businesses can freeze and burst, even at temperatures in the lower 30s.

Local experts at Roto-Rooter say there are many things that can be done to prevent this from happening.

“Keep the house heated and if you’re going to leave for an extended period of time, one thing you can do is turn the water off at your meter, which is normally in the basement,” John Rowland said.

The temperature in your home should be kept above 50. Unplugging outside garden hoses, keeping cabinet doors cracked open and turning the faucet on to a drip are other tips that can help.

Opening cabinets beneath the sink allows warm air to flow to the pipes, and letting the faucet drip keeps water flowing.

“Basically, just try to keep all exposed lines as well-insulated as possible,” Kenneth Napier said.

Pipe insulation can be bought at any hardware store. Rowland says it’s usually about $3, and very easy to put on.

“Some of it comes with self-adhesive, so you just cut it to the length you want, pull the tape off and just squeeze it together.”

If you’re still worried about the pipes freezing and not sure what to do, you can always call a local plumber.

“We can do a full inspection and see if we see any weak point in it, or see if there’s anything we can do to lessen your chances of a freeze,” Napier said.

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