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Expert Offers Tips on Avoiding Frozen Pipes

Posted: Saturday, January 9th, 2010 at 6:25 am
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Brutally cold temperatures this month have been hard on area residents in many ways, including taking a toll on their homes. Kevin Van Haaften with Van Haaften Plumbing and Heating says frozen pipes in resident’s homes have kept his business very busy over the past week.

To prevent pipes from freezing in extreme cold, Van Haaften recommends taking extra steps to keep pipes warm, including using space heaters and heat tapes in areas where pipes are exposed, including crawl spaces.

Van Haaften says otherwise to minimize your chances of having pipes freeze is to make sure hoses have been disconnected from outside faucets, and adds that if you’re planning on using insulation around pipes, make sure it is holding heat in instead of keeping warmer air out.