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Posted on: January 1, 2024

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 Thank you for your patience as our crews work to resolve the broken meters in Kennewick.

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