Prevent pipe bursts in your home

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by Becky Mortensen
by Michael Schlesinger

MILWAUKEE -- The crazy ups and downs with the temperatures can do a number on home pipes. The bitterly cold conditions cause frozen lines and then thawing only adds to possible cracking.

Bob Siepler of Oak Creek Plumbing has a few recommendations on how to avoid the hassle of pipes freezing. First off, he says to make sure exposed pipes to the outside are protected from the wind and cold. Opening cabinet doors where piping is located helps stop freezing as well. It’s also recommended to let the faucet drip continuously for any suspicious piping.

If you do have a break, turn off the water line to the home immediately. 

 

If you’re going to be out of town for a long period of time, turn off the water entirely, even in the middle of winter. Also, think about turning up the thermostat a few degrees to help prevent freezing pipes in general

Following these steps may spare you of any home repair headaches amounting to thousands of dollars. 

 

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