How to Avoid Frozen Pipes in Your Home
YAKIMA, Wash.- With freezing temperatures soon coming to the valley, plumbers and firefighters are urging the community monitor your water pipes.
"We actually get quite a few calls from the public because they don't know what to do," said Yakima Fire Captain Jeff Pfaff.
Often times in an emergency, dialing 911 is the first thing to do. In the case of your pipes freezing, Pfaff says the best person to call is a plumber.
"We don't have the tools that the plumber does. We have tools on our rig but our stuff is mainly used for firefighting. So when we look at trying to solve this problem, there's a lot of times where we can't," said Pfaff.
Local plumbers say the first thing you should do is disconnect your hoses.
"Because they're designed to drain, and if you leave the hose on they won't drain. So they could split, and do," said Tim Bushnell, Owner of Bushnell Plumbing.
Another tip is to keep your kitchen cabinets open, so that warm air from your house can flow in and prevent your pipes from freezing. If on a really cold day your pipes do end up freezing, Bushnell says depending how bad the pipes are, the cost isn't cheap.
"First we thaw the pipes, and that can be a couple hundred to five hundred dollars to thaw. Once we start fixing breaks, it could go into thousands of dollars real easy," said Bushnell.
Having your facet water barely running is another way to prevent pipes from freezing.
"Leave your water dribbling. You want to leave the hot and the cold dribbling, because the hot will actually freeze quicker than the cold," said Bushnell.
Leaving your heat on, Bushnell says is the best option to prevent from all pipe disasters.
"48 to 52. Leave your heat on, because when there's no heat, things freeze," said Bushnell.