Worried about your pipes freezing?
With more than 34,000 CL&P customers still without power Saturday night, many homes without heat were facing the prospect of frozen pipes. Here’s some advice from Roto-Rooter, a plumbing and drain service:
If water freezes in a pipe, the Roto-Rooter website says, it will expand and crack it. Pipes in attics, garages, crawl spaces or outside walls are the most vulnerable.
To prevent a pipe from freezing:
- Fit pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping
- Let your faucet drip during extreme cold to prevent bursting
If your pipes are already frozen:
- Turn off your water main to prevent flooding
- Research the piping layout structure in your home
- Identify the cracked pipe and replace the broken sections with insulation
- Call a plumber immediately
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