The sub-zero temperatures of the past couple of days are forcing homeowners to deal with the misery of frozen water pipes.
There are headaches that come along with the bitter cold, but there are also things you can do to keep the problems at bay. The City of Fort Wayne said many homeowners are calling in to report frozen pipes.
According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), approximately a quarter-million homes and offices have at least one room damaged by a frozen pipe each year. FLASH encourages you to protect your property this winter by following three easy steps:
The American Red Cross offered other tips to prevent frozen pipes:
Even if you try your best to avoid your pipes freezing up, sometimes it happens. If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. The American Red Cross said likely places for frozen pipes include exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
While thawing your water pipes, keep the faucet open. The American Red Cross said as you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe. To thaw your pipes, the American Red Cross says to: