Colder temperatures put your pipes at risk of freezing


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Updated: 12/27/2012 11:50 am Published: 12/27/2012 11:39 am


    The cold weather is here and it's time to think about protecting your home from the freezing temperatures. The recent temperatures in Green Country are putting pipes at risk, this week they have dropped some days into the teens. 

     Robert Morse with Mullin Plumbing of Broken Arrow said so far this winter his staff hasn't repaired any frozen pipes, but he expects it's only a matter of time.

     "If the temperatures dip much lower we will start to see frozen pipes," he said. 
     
     The price tag to repair the average frozen pipe is $150 dollars. It's a costly problem that in most cases can be prevented.

     Morse said adding insulation and heat tape to pipes can help. Especially to the most at risk ones, like in the garage or outside walls. On cold days, leave your faucet dripping water and open up cabinets underneath sinks to allow air circulation to your pipes. 
   
     The first sign a pipe is frozen is if you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out.  The first thing you should do is call a professional and then turn off your main water valve. This will prevent any flooding and also minimize the damage to your pipes.
     
     Morse said often homeowners don't know where their main shut-off valve is, so he advises homeowners to check it out before they run into a problem. 

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Freedom 1 05 - 1/16/2013 8:32 AM
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The plumber that you spoke with at Mullin plumbings name is Robert Morris, not Morse.

Unwashed Mass - 12/27/2012 1:38 PM
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If you end up having to replace a section of burst pipe, make sure they replace it with PEX that doesnt freeze.
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