City of Binghamton urges residents to take measures to prevent frozen pipes

31 December, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Plumber offers advice on protecting your pipes in winter

Be sure to turn off outdoor spigots.

She recommended, "Really just turning off the water to the entire home because if it happens, it can be detrimental". Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Are Your Water Meter & Pipes Protected from the Cold?

Schrock said keeping a meter key handy to shut off your water-main from the street before it's too late can prevent a major disaster. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

Most reputable plumbers suggest a narrow stream of running water 1/16 to 1/8 inch in diameter will prevent pipes from freezing.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night.


In cold weather, water pipes can freeze and burst, causing damage to properties and disrupting the lives of residents, the commission said.

That refers to any pipes, including fittings, valves and fixtures that carry water through a building to the taps.

Further information can be found at City of Winnipeg - Frozen Water Pipes.

Keep the faucet open. No open flame or device producing flame should be used on water pipes. Illinois American Water released a guide to help homeowners.

The pipes that are most at risk are ones exposed to severe cold outdoors, in unheated areas of the home or in areas with little or no insulation. This expansion breaks the pipe causing water to leak.

You can apply heat to the frozen section of a pipe by using either an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe or an electric hair driver or a portable space heater.

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