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Businesses give advice to prevent pipes from bursting during Sunday’s winter storm

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Emergency services in Virginia are preparing for the second major winter event of the year.

Dominion Energy says it has full staff and crews on standby to ready resources in areas likely to be affected by storms so they can be out early to assess damage and restore power immediately. .

VDOT did the same at ground level by pre-treating major highways and roads and salt and brine before Sunday.

Emergency services continue to remind people that your home is the safest place you can be once storms hit, but local businesses say you can take action now to make sure your home is better protected from snow and ice.

“Make sure your home is able to withstand the cold,” said Glenda Flores.

Flores is an account manager at Rubber Ducky Plumbing in Richmond and works closely with Heroes Restoration? Flores says the two companies receive the majority of flood service calls, but she says they saw first-hand the damage to homes during the last winter event.

“It can get quite expensive,” Flores said. “Repairs can run into the thousands and that’s what you don’t want.”

Flores says most of the damage Rubber Ducky Plumbing and Heroes Restoration sees comes from bursting pipes. When temperatures drop near or below freezing, Flores says you should let your faucets drip to prevent them from freezing. Water left in your pipe can also freeze and expand, causing your home’s pipes to burst if it’s still connected to your faucet.

“If your pipe or tap is a bit old and bursts, it can cause flooding and a lot more damage than people expect, even if the damage is only to your garden,” said Flores.

Flores says you can also help keep your pipes warmer simply by opening up your cabinets to allow more hot air to circulate through the pipes in your walls.

“Most kitchens and bathrooms have drains behind cabinets and walls,” Flores said. “The heat will get in there and keep them in a good position where they won’t expand or burst.”

Flores says you should also keep your crawl space door closed at all times, especially during the winter months, due to the potential for snow and ice to melt back into your crawl space.

The Department of Emergency Management says you should also have an emergency preparedness kit with a few days worth of food and supplies.

“Make sure you have those items, your flashlights, your batteries, your bottled water, and your food.” said Jason Elmore. “We always encourage people to prepare for at least 72 hours without electricity.”

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