How to keep your pipes from freezing

Adam Orduna and Carina Branson

4 hours ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – This arctic air can cause pipes in your home to freeze. To protect your pipes, prevention is key.

Firstly, you should ensure that your indoor faucet remains drip-free at all times. This small stream of water flowing through the pipes prevents it from freezing. Try to use a faucet that is furthest away from your main valve.

Open the cabinets under your sinks and faucets to allow warm air to flow. If your pipes are located above a crawl space or in an RV, the more exposed they are to cold air, the more likely they are to freeze.

Make sure all outdoor faucets, sprinklers and/or irrigation systems are closed and drained. If you don’t have an adapter, remove all hoses to prevent freezing.

Safety tips to stay warm from cold temperatures

If your pipes are frozen, you probably need to call a professional.

“If you freeze, grab it quickly. You can no longer run water, but you need to add heat as quickly as possible. Raise your furnace, that’s the only thing you can do,” said Chris Brown, owner of Brown’s Plumbing Services.

Remember to turn off your water immediately. If you don’t know where your main water valve is, now is a good time to find out.

Brown says that when used correctly, space heaters can also warm the area near frozen pipes, but they should not be left unattended. Be careful when turning your water back on.

If this causes your pipes to burst, turn off the water supply and call a plumber immediately.

For more frozen pipe tips, click here.

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