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Tips to avoid frozen pipes

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© Plumber Chandler Mickey inspects a pipe. © Plumber Chandler Mickey inspects a pipe.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington plumbers are warning residents about cold weather freezing pipes over the next couple of days.

The Wilmington area has already seen multiple pipe bursting incidents in both businesses and residential neighborhoods.

Chandler Mickey, a plumber with Benjamin Franklin plumbing in Wilmington, has been making plumbing repairs for burst pipes all weekend.

He had a number of tips for homeowners as the surge of winter weather fast approaches.

"Just keep an eye on things.  Always know where your valves are to shut the water off.  Keep water running in your house, and if you have a water heater in your house, keep a space heater in (the room)- keep it nice and warm," said Mickey.

A full list of plumbing tips from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is listed below.

  • Monitor weather at WECT - we see most of our bursted pipes when the lows are in the 20s overnight and highs in the Mid 30s . Most of these pipes are on exterior walls, crawl spaces, exterior home, attic, and unheated spaces.
  • Open doors to cabinets where plumbing is to allow warm air
  • Allow a slow drip on faucets in multiple areas of the home overnight
  • Insulate piping in garage, in attics, etc.
  • Shut off water to docks and outside showers
  • Disconnect hoses outside
  • Winterize irrigation systems
  • Close crawl space ventilation louvers to keep warm air in
  • Protect well pumps, water treatment systems, and water heaters with a safe space heater or light if they are in a area that may freeze
  • Frozen pipes do not always burst - allow these pipes to thaw slowly  
  • Know how to shut off your water in case of an emergency
  • Call a licensed plumber if you expect a leak has occurred and shut off your water - wait times can be longer than expected due to call volume
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

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