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December 15, 2012

Keeping your home safe from freezing temperatures

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 Keep in mind what you spend to insulate your pipes is minimal compared to the cost of repairing broken pipes and other damage the water will cause.

 For those who find themselves with frozen pipes, check to see if there is any dripping or standing water. If not, simply be patient. Open the faucet, and then slowly apply heat to the frozen area. One way to do this is with an electric hair dryer. Remember water and electricity do not mix. It is not a good idea to use open torches on frozen pipes as this may cause even more serious damage.

Homeowners should contact their plumber immediately if they begin to see evidence of leaking. Renters should contact the landlord.

If you see evidence of a broken pipe, locate the water supply valve and shut it off. This will help minimize water damage to the home.

Frozen or broken pipes are just one issue Oklahomans may face when the temperature is freezing or below for an extended period of time. Your best strategy is to try to prevent the pipes from freezing in the first place. If you are faced with frozen or broken pipes, taking quick action to restore comfort and prevent further damage is your best bet.

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