Warning issued on pipe freezes

Big chill expected | Forecast calls for below freezing weather

When temperatures drop to single digits, there's a risk of pipes freezing. "A vacant home in Madison had pipes freeze and burst on the second floor, but the mess wasn't found until spring, when a neighbor noticed water pouring out from under a patio door".

Pipes are known to freeze when the temperature dips below thirty degrees and water in the pipes can freeze just as easily as water out in the open. Experts also suggest you using an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. A little wasted water can save you from a burst pipe and a big, watery mess.

As the Southern Tier continues to fearless the ever decreasing temperatures, the City of Binghamton is warning residents about the dangers of frozen pipes.

Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors. Frozen pipes can cost you thousands.

Tryjankowski says to locate where the water comes into the house which is usually next to the water meter. It just depends on where the water break is in your house.

Protect exposes pipes in unheated areas with insulation or heating tape.

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

If you are leaving town for the winter, have your home and pipes professionally winterized. Seal leaks with caulking or insulation to keep cold air away. No open flame or device producing flame should be used on water pipes.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. The video is from several years ago in an vacant home.

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