TULSA - Green Country is expecting a freeze warning tonight, but an expert says there are ways to make sure your plumbing is protected.
Mullin Plumbing COO Ray Trimble has four steps to protect your home:
1. Do a visual inspection of the outside of your home.
Make sure all of the siding is sealed shut so cold air can't get in. Cold air getting in would freeze the pipes in your walls, and cause pipes to possibly burst.
A lot of times when pipes burst in a wall it isn't noticeable until the weather heats up again.
2. Check sprinkler systems and hoses.
The exposed pipes of your sprinkler system should be protected with heating tape. When it's cold out the tape heats up to protect the pipes.
Hoses should be detached from the home. If it holds water, it's stocked up into the home, and it could freeze and burst inside the walls.
3. Leave faucets on exterior walls running.
You only want the stream of water to be as thick as pencil lead. This keeps water from sitting still in the pipes and freezing.
4. Open the cabinets underneath faucets on exterior walls.
This exposes pipes to the heat in your home and keeps the pipes from freezing.
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