Extremely Cold Temps Can Cause Pipes To Burst

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Those frigid temperatures we're feeling right now have gripped eastern Kentucky and for many make going outside to do anything difficult.

But even if you're indoors the cold can sneak up on you.

Even if you're cozy and warm inside, that cold can invade your home through your pipes!

Plumbing experts say if you haven't winterized your home properly it could be too late.

The bone chilling cold could freeze your water pipes. Sally Baker luckily did not make that mistake.

"We make sure vents are closed, get the insulated pipes to make sure water lines are covered," Baker said.

Plumber Robert Mason is busy repairing, after another homeowner apparently didn't insulate their pipes enough.

"They had half of it wrapped, half not and so it busted! It costs you a lot of money," Mason said.

These tubes of insulation are about a dollar a piece.

"Put on your pipes that are exposed, under crawl spaces, pipes along a wall," Mason said.

You can also go high-tech, there's plumbing tape you stick it to a section of pipe and then plug it in to actually warm the pipe.

If you haven't or can't do any of that one simple thing plumbers say you can do is turn your faucet on and that will keep water flowing enough to prevent freezing.

Keep an eye on your children and the elderly, they really shouldn't be outside much at all.

Don't forget about pets, now is the time when you should bring them on inside until it warms up.


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