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How To Avoid Freezing Water Pipes And What To Do If They Freeze | News

With temperatures dropping so low, many residents could face the risk of frozen water pipes in addition to poor road conditions and power outages.

Here are some tips from Decatur Utilities on how to protect the pipes in your home:

• Make sure that the exterior taps are protected by an insulating foam;

• Disconnect the exterior water pipes;

• Make sure foundation vents and crawl space access doors are closed to prevent freezing air from entering the crawl space;

• If you have interior faucets on exterior walls, open cabinet doors to allow hot air to circulate to them;

• Let the water drip lightly from the indoor faucets so that the water continues to circulate in the pipes; and

• Know the location of the shutoff valve for your main water line.

If your pipes freeze

Decatur Utilities offers the following tips if your pipes freeze over during the winter:

• Turn off the main house valve. If you are a Decatur Utilities customer, be sure to call 256-552-1400 so they can go out and shut off the UA valve at the water meter (it is separate from your home valve. , and they ask you not to turn their valve closed by yourself);

• It is recommended to contact a licensed plumber to help thaw the pipes, but if you want to try it yourself, keep the faucets open; apply heat using a hair dryer or hot towels, but NOT an open flame; and repeat with other frozen taps;

• If you hear water running inside a wall or notice a leak, immediately turn off the main faucet in your house and call a plumber.