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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

This bitter cold weather can be tough enough to deal with. The last thing you want is to have these frigid temperatures wreak havoc with your plumbing.

Cold streaks like this can often lead to frozen pipes, but you can avoid this problem.

One way is to open doors to cabinets under kitchen sinks and bathroom vanities that will introduce heat into those areas.

Also, do not turn down your thermostat. Keep it at it's normal temperature on very cold days. And if your pipes do freeze there are a couple things you can do.

"The first step you should probably do is introduce heat any way you can. Blow dryers are always a good way of doing it. Try to stay away from the open-flame way of doing it because obviously that can cause some fires," said Chris Holleran, Vice President of Auchinachie Services.

Another way to prevent frozen pipes in the first place, caulk any cracks in the foundation they only bring the cold into the basement.



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