Protecting your pipes in freezing temperatures

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The freezing temperatures can create quite a mess if your pipes burst.  Roto-Rooter has some tips to make sure you stay ahead of any problems under the sink.

The two most common tips to prevent your pipes from freezing are keeping your faucets dripping and opening the cabinet doors under your sinks to let the warm air around the pipes.  First make sure you remove any hazardous cleaners and chemicals out of the reach of your kids and pets. Other ways to protect your plumbing include:

  • Keep your garage closed to keep the frigid cold out – away from indoor pipes.
  • If you suspect a partially frozen pipe – keep the water flowing. the fresh water will help the ice melt.
  • Keep your home at a constant temperature – during the day and night.
  • If you suspect your pipe is starting to freeze, keep as much water flowing as possible, which will help melt the ice.

Roto-Rooter warns that pipes appearing to just be frozen, not broken could leak days later. Plumbers say the ice may be blocking the broken pipe, but when the pipe thaws, water could then start to leak. 

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The Lexington Fire Department says if you leave town, don’t set your thermostat down too low. They say to not lower the temperature inside to anything less than 55 degrees.