Frozen pipes: How to prepare for frigid temperatures hitting Central Illinois this weekend

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The cold temperatures aren’t letting up anytime soon, leaving many concerned about frozen pipes and what to do when they thaw.

Local plumbers suggest if you’re leaving your home for an extended period of time or temperatures dip below freezing to follow some simple steps: 

  • Allow a bit of warm water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing
  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer temps
  • Eliminate sources of cold air by repairing broken windows, insulating walls and closing off crawl spaces
  • If your pipes do freeze, shut off your water immediately
  • Never attempt to thaw pipes with the water on

“A lot of people just keep the cold water running, when in actuality you want to just want to have your hot water on too, because that’s what freezes first,” said Dave Osborn, Trouble Free.

If you believe your pipes may be frozen, you can apply heat to the section using an electric hair dryer or portable space heater.

You should keep applying the heat until the water pressure is restored. 

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