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Warning issued about freezing pipes

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The temperatures are expected to rise above freezing on Wednesday, but experts say to still keep a close eye on water pipes.

There were several reports of broken water mains and pipes across the Midstate on Tuesday.

This is a common problem during the winter because the water in pipes expands when it freezes.

Even when the ice starts to melt, pipes can still break, so be sure to take precautions.

Here is some advice from Metro Water Services:

  • Keep faucets dripping so water keeps flowing through your pipes.
  • Keep cabinet doors open so warm air circulates around your plumbing.
  • Keep the meter box closed so cold air doesn't reach the meter or pipes.
  • Remove exterior hose connections and insulate hose bibs.
  • Insulate exposed water pipes.
  • Cover foundation vents and seal all cracks in exterior walls and foundation.
  • If you have a frozen pipe, wrap it with a heating pad or towels soaked in warm water so it thaws. You can also use a hair dryer. Never use an open flame.
  • Find the water shut-off valve inside your home. If you can quickly close this when a pipe bursts, you could prevent future damage.

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