Preventing Frozen Pipes Through Bitter Weather

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, January 04 2014 Jan 4, 2014 Saturday, January 04, 2014 9:59:00 AM CST January 04, 2014 in News
By: Tori Chamberlain, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - With bitterly cold weather approaching, this weekend is a great time to prevent your water pipes from becoming frozen. Frozen pipes can be an inconvenience. They can also turn into a big expense if a pipe breaks due to the water expanding as it freezes. In case a frozen pipe does break, make sure you know where the main water shut-off valve is located and it is working properly.

Columbia Water and Light provides the community with the following prevention tips:

• Remove hoses connected to outside faucets during the winter. If you have a valve for the faucet inside the house, close it and drain the remaining water outside.

• Check for other areas where water supply lines run through unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl spaces, attics, garages, by the washing machine and around sinks. Pipes running along exterior walls can also freeze. The long-term solution for problematic areas could include insulating pipes with foam pipe wrap, insulating the area where pipes run and sealing air leaks.

For short-term prevention:

• If you have plumbing that runs through unheated areas, open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate.

• When extreme low temperatures hit, allow faucets connected to exposed pipes to slowly drip.

• Temporarily keep the thermostat set at the same temperature during the day and night.

• If you will be away during very cold weather, leave the thermostat set at no lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thawing Frozen Pipes:

• Keep the faucet open during the thawing process.

• Thaw section of frozen pipe by adding heat. First, remove any flammable items from the area. Use a space heater, blow dryer or an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe to gradually heat the pipe. Do not use any device with a flame like a blowtorch.

• Contact a plumber if the pipe is not accessible or you are unable to thaw the pipe.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A House investigatory committee has expanded its membership for a special session to determine whether... More >>
13 minutes ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00:47 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ROLLA (AP) — A Missouri University of Science and Technology student has been sentenced to seven years in prison... More >>
34 minutes ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 11:40:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren Missouri plans to build a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 10:44:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — Authorities say a man's body was found in southeast Missouri and the case appears to... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 8:48:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – With a new terminal on the way, comes more possible changes to Columbia Regional Airport. A public... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:55:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The MU Board of Curators voted Monday to increase tuition by 2.1 percent for the 2019-2020 school year.... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:01:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council will address an ordinance Monday on whether to approve of a special August election... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 2:41:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
MARSHALL - A standoff between Marshall police and an armed man ended without injury. According to a news release,... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:53:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - The city of Rocheport honored two men on Sunday whose legacy has stretched across the state of Missouri.... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:09:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
AUXVASSE - Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at the 16th annual Fire Fighters Memorial Service on Sunday. The service was... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking to social media to spread awareness of National Safe Boating Week... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:36:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
FULTON - All 6-year-old Sam Santhuff wanted to do was comfort children in the hospital, even though he was there... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:47:00 AM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three people killed and the two... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children in Columbia have a chance to get paid to play. Columbia Parks and Recreation started its... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:23:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 90 people showed up at the Burr Oak Brewery for an afternoon of puppies, yoga and beer... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Although it is nowhere near Halloween, some Columbia runners faced their fears by participating in a zombie-themed 5K... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia has been ranked a top-ten affordable college town to live in by realtor.com. Factors... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
1pm 76°
2pm 77°
3pm 77°
4pm 76°