Experts warn homeowners to keep an eye on pipes during freezing temperatures


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    (WOLF) -- With that winter storm headed our way and temperatures expected to plummet, experts are urging people to keep an eye on their pipes.

    In freezing weather, metal pipes contract as the water inside expands causing them to burst.

    To prevent that from happening, homeowners should prevent drafts in unheated areas, like crawl spaces or basements, shut off and drain any outside faucets, run a thin stream of water from faucets to keep things moving, about the size of a pencil tip, and make sure you know where your home’s master water valve is so that if a pipe does burst, you can quickly shut off the water.

    “If you have the unfortunate stance of having no water situation and you think there’s a frozen pipe in your house that’s stopping water from coming through, you want to – there’s a couple of ways you can warm up the pipe and that is by using heat tape or pipe insulation, which you can find at local hardware stores," Donna Alston, Communications Manager for Aqua Pennsylvania, said.

    Other ways to thaw a pipe are by using space heaters or hair dryers.

    If those don’t work, call a plumber.

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