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Preventing Your Water Pipes From Freezing
ROBINS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--We begin tonight with the fallout from the falling temperatures.
The bitter cold can mean a flooded basement and major damage if your water pipes freeze.
Here is some expert advice on prevention.
With those very frigid temperatures still a few hours away some are already experiencing frozen and even bursted pipes.
Which means now is the time to take precautions.
When a pipe in your home bursts and sends water spraying all over your carpet, you call this guy.
"This is your water line coming in here and if you look right there that's the actual lawn faucet right there, said Lance Demeyer, Plumping Technician at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.
Lance Demeyer of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing says they've received many calls today most of them about frozen pipes.
"This customer in particular left the garden hose hooked up to a lawn faucet which caused the garden hose to freeze causing the ice particles to back up in the lawn faucet, said Demeyer.
Now he's here to fix it but water pipe issues like this can be prevented.
It begins with making sure your home is warm. Which is why you should never shut off heat in areas that contain plumping or water fixtures.
"Without heat getting to the pipes. The cold is going to cold is going to take over they're going to freeze, said Brad AHearn also of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, and when water freezes, it expands causing the pipe to burst.
If your house has cold spots in basements or areas without heat, wrapping those pipes with heat tape or covering them with pipe insulation can help.
For anyone who's going out of town, it's also a good idea to have someone check your house or apartment just in case.
"Any place that air can get into the home...is what you want to prevent from happening because that's what creates this problem, said Lance.
You've probably heard that it also helps to let cold water slowly drip from the faucet to prevent pipes from freezing.
Lance says that works if you live in a traditional home those living in mobile homes should avoid doing that the water may freeze underneath the pipe because it's exposed to the weather.