Tips: Protect your water pipes from extreme cold

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - As the polar vortex descended on the tri-state two weeks ago, many had issues with their water pipes bursting.

With extreme, sub-zero temperatures expected again this week, the Colerain Township fire Department is offering a couple tips to protect your water pipes.

  • Keep residential water pipes heated to avoid pipes bursting from the extreme cold. Broken pipes will appear when temperatures return to above freezing.
  • Open cabinets or remove other obstructions so heat can reach pipes, especially those on outside walls.
  • Know where the water shut-off is in your house  or business, and how to operate it so that you can minimize water damage from a burst pipe.
  • Use nothing hotter than a hair dryer to thaw a frozen pipe and avoid any electrical hazards from water conducting the electricity.

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