Areas to check BEFORE winter temperatures set in!
Local plumbing companies say they are already responding to calls about frozen pipes.
Co-owner of PCS Plumbing, Chris Tryjankowski, recommends insulating your pipes first. Illinois American Water released a guide to help homeowners.
As for the cost of repairing such damage?
"It's very affordable, a couple of dollars could save you several hundred in the future", Dittman said. Keeping the faucet open as you proceed with thawing the pipe can help the process as water will begin to flow more freely. "A vacant home in Madison had pipes freeze and burst on the second floor, but the mess wasn't found until spring, when a neighbor noticed water pouring out from under a patio door".
Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes or appliances.
Burdick explains that if water isn't coming out of the faucet, it's a sign the pipes are frozen. They need properly installed insulation and heat tape on exterior pipes.More news: Anonymous bitcoin trading to be banned in South Korea
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Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. Check the blow dryer regularly to ensure it does not overheat.
In older homes, consider getting a cover for the spigot as well.
Those who plan to be away from home should consider shutting off the main water valve to the house.
If you find your pipes are frozen, you can call a plumber, phone the City at 311 or try to fix it yourself. Many of these rooms are not properly insulated and may cause freezing of home's plumbing within the utility room.
"The number one thing that I believe you can do is maintain your heating source", Falcon said. Make sure yours is freeze protected to at least 0° F, lower is better.
With a week's worth of freezing temperatures on tap, plumbers are urging precautions to keep water flowing around the house.