As frigid temps continue, watch out for frozen pipes

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The worst in winter has brought freezing temperatures that could damage homes, including water pipes.

“We watch it when it gets really cold. Maybe you leave a small drop in the tap, ”said Danielle Arsenault of Holyoke.

Pipes can freeze and burst, cause expensive property damage, and disrupt your life. A few simple steps can help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night and do not lower the temperature at night during a cold spell.
  • When you are out in cold weather, leave the heating in your house on and set the temperature to no less than 55 degrees.
  • On very cold nights, open the cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathroom to allow warmer air to enter the plumbing.
  • Don’t forget to let water drip from the taps.
  • Make sure the outside water is turned off.

If you suspect frozen pipes, the fire department recommends that you warm the pipe with a hair dryer or wrap the pipes with towels soaked in hot water.

If you cannot thaw the pipe yourself, contact a licensed plumber.

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