Phoenix, AZ (January 10, 2013)
Arizonans are bracing for colder temperatures during the next few days with the possibility that many areas of the state will experience temperatures in the low 20s- during the nigh time hours. Many areas of the state face a "freeze watch" Friday night through Tuesday morning.
When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break. Messy and expensive water losses from burst frozen pipes are more common in mountain towns but all residents have the potential to be caught off guard by a sudden drop in temperatures, if not prepared. A one-eighth inch crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water a day, destroying floors, furniture, appliances and personal items.
There are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing including sealing air leaks and insulating pipes in your home. But many homeowners that do not typically experience freezing temperatures may not have taken these steps. Extreme weather conditions can harm your pipes. Here are a few simple steps you can take in advance of the coming cold snap:
What do you do if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventative measures? First step: Don't panic. Just because they're frozen doesn't mean they've already burst. Here's what you can do:
Video and graphics about what to do before and after a frozen pipe bursts:
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