Air pipes

Extreme cold means the pipes could freeze and burst, the city warns. Here is how to avoid it

CHICAGO – The city faces extreme cold – which means there is a risk of water pipes freezing and bursting.

Chicago will only see temperatures among teens Thursday and Friday, and it will be even colder with the wind chill, according to the National Weather Service. Cool temperatures are expected again after the weekend.

But there are ways to keep your pipes from freezing and thawing them safely, according to a press release from the Department of Water Management.

Here are the tips of the city:

  • Keep your home sufficiently heated.
  • Make sure that hot air can circulate under cabinets and in areas where there is plumbing on exterior walls.
  • Run a stream of water from the faucet furthest from where the main water line enters your home.

If you have a frozen pipe, you can use a hair dryer or heating pad to thaw it, according to the Department of Water Management. You should not use an open flame, such as a lighter, to try to thaw the pipe.

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