Plumbers offer tips to prevent pipes from freezing

It’s that time of year. Holiday shopping, family meals and preparing your house for winter temperatures. The weekend will bring bitterly cold temperatures that we don’t see often in the Upstate, and plumbing companies across the Upstate are getting ready for the increase in calls.”We do have several people who we will offer overtime to come in and work additional hours to make sure that we’re able to have the coverage we need to handle our customer base,” said Chastity Williams, customer service manager at Corley Plumbing. A little preparation beforehand could make a big difference. Before the temperatures drop below freezing, you’ll want to know how to cut the water off in your house.”If you have a cut-off valve, you want to cut the water off at that source so that there’s no more water coming If you don’t have a cut-off valve in the house, then you could also cut off the entire water supply to the home by going to the yard and finding the yard valve, and cutting it off at the yard ,” she said.You’ll also want to open your cabinets underneath the sinks because that will help bring the interior pipes to room temperature.And whatever you do, avoid using heat to thaw out your pipes.”Don’t take a blow dryer to a pipe or put a heater there, you’ll cause a stress crack,” Williams said. But once the cold weather is over and we return to relatively normal winter temperatures, how do you know if you have issues with your pipes?Williams said to listen for sounds that you don’t normally hear and check the water flow. You probably know what your normal water flow looks like, so if you see a reduced flow, give a plumber a call.

It’s that time of year. Holiday shopping, family meals and preparing your house for winter temperatures. The weekend will bring bitterly cold temperatures that we don’t see often in the Upstate, and plumbing companies across the Upstate are getting ready for the increase in calls.

“We do have several people who we will offer overtime to come in and work additional hours to make sure that we’re able to have the coverage we need to handle our customer base,” said Chastity Williams, customer service manager at Corley Plumbing.

A little preparation beforehand could make a big difference. Before the temperatures drop below freezing, you’ll want to know how to cut the water off in your house.

“If you have a cut-off valve, you want to cut the water off at that source so that there’s no more water coming into that area. If you don’t have a cut-off valve in the house, then you could also cut off the entire water supply to the home by going to the yard and finding the yard valve, and cutting it off at the yard,” she said.

You’ll also want to open your cabinets underneath the sinks because that will help bring the interior pipes to room temperature.

And whatever you do, avoid using heat to thaw out your pipes.

“Don’t take a blow dryer to a pipe or put a heater there, you’ll cause a stress crack,” Williams said.

But once the cold weather is over and we return to relatively normal winter temperatures, how do you know if you have issues with your pipes?

Williams said to listen for sounds that you don’t normally hear and check the water flow. You probably know what your normal water flow looks like, so if you see a reduced flow, give a plumber a call.

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