ALBERT LEA, MN (KTTC-TV) Now, here's another safety tip... Don't forget about protecting your pipes in this deep freeze.
Freezing can break pipes and fittings and that can result in very expensive water damage as the weather warms and the water begins to flow again.
Our NewsCenter's Kerry Klatt has tips on how to keep the water flowing.
With cold temperatures settling in Tuesday morning...Albert Lea Fire Captain Scott Hannah reminds residents on what not to do when thawing out frozen pipes.
Albert Lea Fire Captain Scott Hannah says, "I've seen in the past people have placed propane and electric heaters in areas they shouldn't be. I've seen them use blow torches to try and thaw out pipes, and that just leads to a bigger problem because your pipes will thaw out, but it's because your house is on fire."
If you've had issues with pipes freezing in the past, Hannah has a simple suggestion.
"Just open the faucet just a little bit so there's a small trickle of water coming out, I don't recommend that unless you've had problems in the past, but that is one way to help keep the water flowing through the lines," Hannah said.
Once you've gotten your pipes to thaw you're only half way done fixing the problem be aware of leaky pipes.
Chris Aanes of Jim & Dude's says, "All of a sudden once you get it half way thawed out you got water spraying all over so definitely, if you're working on it yourself, be aware of where you shut off is."
Plumbers at Jim and Dude's in Albert Lea say, it's not necessary to turn off your water line while you're thawing, but know where that shut off is.
Aanes says to check odd places throughout your house, especially those who rarely go to.
Aanes says, "There are also crawl spaces, and things like that that don't necessarily get all the heat, you can get heat tape that you can put around your pipe and then put insulation around it and you can keep those pipes from freezing."
Heat tape is a valuable but inexpensive heating tool you can buy from your local hardware store the pipes won't over heat, and they certainly won't freeze.
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