NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) These freezing temperatures can mean a headache – and a huge cost – to homeowners as pipes freeze and burst.
However, you can take steps to prevent or at least mitigate this.
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“We just turned the water on and nothing came out,” said Caitlin Hartman, a resident of Arlington.
“We noticed that pipes were frozen and it started with a sink on an outside wall first,” said Lynda Warner, a Southlake resident. “And then the next sink and then the next.”
Your concern is when the pipes start to thaw.
“What do I have to look for first?” asked Warner. “Because I don’t know what I’m looking for right now.”
David Crow of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington said the first sign of a burst pipe is the sound of running water.
“Don’t wait until you see water. “Well, I keep hearing that sound, but I don’t see anything,” said Crow. “There’s a reason you’re hearing this sound that you haven’t heard before.”
To prevent potentially catastrophic water damage, Crow is said to be proactive.
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Open your closets.
Let the taps drip hot and cold.
“Running water has such a small chance of freezing,” he said.
If you have electricity, use a small heater or heating pad to warm the pipes.
And know where your main water shut-off valve is before you need it, Crow said.
“If it broke or was compromised, you have active water in the house. You need to know how to go there and turn off the water so you don’t get more damage than necessary, ”he said. “Just be aware of yourself.”
Crow said he knew the problems will start when temperatures warm up later this week.
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He expects tens of thousands of dollars in damage to frozen pipes in the Metroplex.
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