Thursday, 28 December 2017 15:38

Helpful tips for frozen pipes during the winter months Featured

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BANGOR - It's officially winter which means frozen pipes are a possibility in your home.

Officials give tips on what precautions you should take, and what not to do if they do freeze.

 

Service technician Timothy Davis said "It could be as small as frozen underneath the kitchen sink, or it can be frozen the entire home. Sometimes when pipes are in the outside walls they could freeze."

 

When the temperatures get this cold he says it's hard to prevent these types of situations.

 

"It's hard to stop it and there's no telling where and when it could happen."

 

He says the snow we have now is helpful because you can pile it up on the edge of the house, which will help create a little buffer.

 

"A little barrier to prevent the wind, the wind usually is the biggest culprit you can have cold temperatures to and be okay, and as soon as you add the wind into it that's when it gets effective on the homes" said Davis.

 

Leaving your water trickling just a little bit will prevent your pipes from freezing, and keeping your cabinet doors open will allow heat to flow through and prevent your pipes from freezing.

 

"As soon as you notice somethings frozen you definitely want to call and have it taken care of" said Davis.

 

He says if you let it sit to long that's when it'll burst and when that happens it can flood your home.

 

"One of the things we do see homeowners do is something as simple as a hair dryer. When you have a hair dryer you just want to wave it in front of the pipes if you know it's an isolated area that you know is frozen that's when that would come in handy."

 

"Simple things like these this just covers the outside faucet on the outside on your home you put it on there and it'll prevent the wind from getting to that outside faucet" said Davis.

 

Heat tape is also something one can use, but you want to make sure it's plugged in.

 

"People have them but they don't plug them in so that's one thing you want to make sure you turn on" said Davis.

 

Shonna Narine

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