Knoxville plumber gives tips on how to prevent freezing pipes

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Ready or not, a winter blast is almost upon us but we want to help you get ready. Freezing temperatures can cause lots of issues at your home like freezing pipes.

Plumbers say when cold weather hits, homeowners should try to keep their pipes as warm as possible. Robert Keith, a plumber with Knoxville Plumbing Inc., says it would be wise to fight against the issue by doing a few tasks that can save a headache for homeowners. It’s very important for homeowners to remember when the temperature drops, the percentage of your pipes freezing becomes very high.

Plumbers say when cold weather hits, homeowners should try to keep their pipes as warm as possible.
Plumbers say when cold weather hits, homeowners should try to keep their pipes as warm as possible.

“The temperature drops and the water freezes inside the pipes and expands and the pipe can’t handle the expansion and causes the rupture,” said Keith.

Without this knowledge, one rupture in a frozen pipe could potentially cause lots of damage to your home and even your wallet.

“We’ve seen thousands of dollars in cost because of water damage because of one single small rupture in a copper pipe,” said Keith.

To keep them from freezing, Keith says people should open the cabinets under kitchen and bathroom sinks. This will allow warmer air to circulate around pipes. Running a small amount of water through your faucet helps prevents pipes from freezing as well; water can be either hot or cold.

Keith received hundreds of calls last year because of frozen and burst pipes. This year he hopes people are proactive and aware of possible plumbing issues.

 Running a small amount of water through your faucet helps prevents pipes from freezing as well; water can be either hot or cold.
Running a small amount of water through your faucet helps prevents pipes from freezing as well; water can be either hot or cold.

“Hopefully people prepare from last year but we do expect there will be some of those homes that didn’t get prepared and didn’t have a problem last year but may encounter one this year,” said Keith.

If you would like to insulate your pipes, you can buy the proper equipment from your local plumbing store or do-it-yourself store. If the pipes in your home do freeze or burst, make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water shutoff valve is, that way you can keep more damage from happening.

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