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Posted on: December 23, 2022

Weather Tips for Frozen Pipes

Winter Tips for Frozen Pipes Newsflash

The freezing temps could cause your water pipes to freeze - we have some tips to help address this:
* Open cabinet doors under sinks to let the warmer air circulate around the plumbing
* Run a small stream of cold water in a sink 
* If pipes are exposed in cold areas like attics, basements, and crawl spaces, use heat tape
* Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces 
* Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor water spigots
* Keep garage doors closed
* Don't turn off the heat if you are going to be away from home 
If the pipes in your home freeze, try to thaw them out with these steps:
* Turn on the faucet. As the ice melts in the pipe, the water will begin flowing. Flowing water will help further melt the ice in the pipe
* Warm the pipes using a heating pad, hair dryer, space heater, or towels soaked in hot water. Don't use open flames like a torch to thaw pipes
* If you can’t find the frozen pipe or can’t get the pipe thawed out yourself, you may have to call a licensed plumber for assistance
Our staff is addressing frozen/broken water meters and leaks in the meter box.  Submit your request through our online portal https://cityofkennewickwa.tylerportico.com/.../portal-home Thank you for your patience as our crews work to resolve the broken meters in Kennewick.

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