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Plumbers Give Tips on How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

Plumbers say one of the best ways to keep your pipes from freezing is to open your cabinets so your pipes can be exposed to the warm air from your heater.
With these extremely cold temperatures comes the chance that your pipes could freeze and possibly burst.

The best and safest way to keep your pipes flowing is to open the doors of the cabinets under your sinks in both the kitchen and the bathroom.

Ferguson Veresh employees we spoke with today say that method lets warm air in and will help keep the pipes from freezing.

They say they receive calls about frozen or busted pipes each winter but they have seen an increase in the number of calls this year.

Billy Link, who's with Ferguson Veresh, says, "This year has been one of our coldest years in quite some time. A lot of people usually try to prevent these things but the weather's been a lot colder than normal, than winters that we've had previously."

If you have a pier and beam house, Link says it's a good idea to cover the vents, which will keep warmth underneath your house to prevent freezing.

You can also use pipe insulation foam or tape on exposed pipes.

Remember that because of water restrictions city officials are strongly requesting that you not drip your faucets unless you collect that dripping water for use later.

One last tip: make sure your heat is set to greater than 55 degrees if you leave your home.
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