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How to Prepare Your Pipes for Freezing Temperatures

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A frost warning in effect for parts of southern Arizona overnight Monday, Oct. 24.

Even though Tucson isn’t in freezing territory yet, Charles Zimmerman, plumbing sales manager at Strongbuilt Plumbing, Air and Solar, said people need to start prepping their pipes now for the hard freeze.

He said it can be as simple as buying foam wrap at your local hardware store. It’s much cheaper than what you’ll have to spend if your pipes burst.

“A general repair can cost between $1,500 and $2,500 at the home site,” Zimmerman said.

In the event of a flood, Zimmerman said you could pay up to $50,000 in extreme cases. He said packing your pipes now will save you a lot of trouble and money in the months to come.

“Be smart about it. If it’s cold and it’s a medal, it can crack, it can break, it can burst and it can freeze. Anything that can freeze on the outside, you want to make sure it’s all covered,” Zimmerman said.

Another thing you can do before the cold months, find out where your water meter is and how to turn it off. Sometimes it can be on your neighbor’s property, so if you’re not sure, ask around before your house gets covered in water.

“Normally it’s the middle of the night. It’s never when it’s convenient and often when people go to turn off their taps in the morning they don’t realize it. The pipes burst, then it spurts everywhere,” Zimmerman said. “When it thaws, then they have the problem, because the water is squirting everywhere. And then they panic and have to go and turn off the water at the meter.

If you don’t have foam wrap before freezing, you can tie a towel or trash bag around your pipes while you wait. Zimmerman said everything works to cover your pipes.