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Cold Weather Bursts Water Pipes This Time of Year

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Master Plumber John Kilene knows just about everything when it comes to the plumbing in a house.

Including how the valley's harsh winters can affect our water pipes if that frigid air gets in your house.

"When that wind seeps through the walls of your house and gets into the piping, areas that aren't well insulated are going to freeze up," says Kilene

It's a common issue this time of year and frozen pipes can burst.

"What happens is the ice builds up inside the pipe. It'll expand and then actually split the copper pipe and then you have flooding issues in the house," he says.

Which leads to a potentially spendy fix.

"Once that happens you're pretty much redoing a whole basement or a good portion of your house," Kilene says.

So it's worth the heating bill if you haven't yet left for the winter or are headed soon to Christmas break from classes. Kilene says you don't want to set the thermostat any lower than 56 degrees. But if this does happen to you, there are a few things you should do. The first is to find your water meter.

"What you want to do is just grab the ball valve and turn it to the 3:00 position. That will turn off the water to the house," he says

In an older home, your water meter valve might be a gate valve. Kilene recommends replacing gate valves with ball valves. After shutting off the water, make sure to call a professional. 

Experts at Laney's tell us there are a few other ways you can prevent flooding in your home. Check your garden hoses to outside faucets and your discharge lines for sump pumps. Both should be disconnected.










 

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