Freezing Pipes


As the temperatures dip, freezing pipes in your home could cost you.

Insurance companies say it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to fix flood damage and replace personal items lost because of bursting pipes. Plumbers say water pipes with little or no insualation can freeze at 20 degrees.

John Burwell Jr., of Peterson Plumbing says this happens "because the water expands it causes damage to the pipe so it jeoprdizes the integrity of the pipe."

Burwell says you can open cabinet doors to let heat get to piping under sinks and near outside walls. He also says you can also run a small trickle of water out of the faucets to prevent freezing.

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