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Freezing temperatures and your plumbing

With temperatures dropping, your home’s plumbing could be at risk.

Posted: Dec 27, 2017 11:36 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2017 5:09 PM

NEW HARTFORD – With temperatures dropping, your home’s plumbing could be at risk.

The owner of MJM Plumbing & Heating, Michael Mimassi, tells us that during the winter season he's called out to more homes to fix frozen pipes.

He says when temperatures drop to 25 degrees, you should pay extra attention to your pipes. He also says that there are some jobs that you need to leave to the professionals.

“If something happens, react to it. ‘Cause really putting it off and thinking things are going to get better, they don't; they get worse actually,” Mimassi said. “And if it's frozen, right now you’re safe, especially if it's above ground. In the ground, if it's frozen you've got to call a professional. You don't have the equipment. It's pretty dangerous to do the job with the equipment.”

Some more tips from plumbers:

- To keep your pipes from freezing, let the hot and cold water trickle at night.

- Also, if your sink is on an outside wall, open the cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to the pipes.

- If your pipes do freeze, never use an open flame to thaw them.

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