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City Offers Tips for Pipes During Cold Weather

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

During prolonged cold weather patterns with low temperatures, frost can penetrate to reach water services for residents and businesses, causing pipes to freeze.

In previous years, the City of Binghamton’s Water Department worked around-the-clock to thaw out frozen services and respond to numerous water main breaks due to record cold.

“As we saw in 2015, frozen pipes can have a major impact on this region,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “It’s important that residents are proactive entering the heart of winter to ensure they have access to water and prevent costly pipe bursts and repairs.”

This year, officials urge residents to take steps to prevent their pipes from freezing. The American Red Cross offers these specific tips:

·         Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

·         Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.

·         When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

·         Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

·         If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

If residents have questions about frozen pipes, they should the City of Binghamton’s Department of Public Works Dispatch: (607) 772-7020.

For more tips and information, visit: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes