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Preparing your pipes for the frigid weather

The bitter cold is creating a harsh environment for exposed pipes.

Posted: Jan. 2, 2018 7:53 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - “It’s a surprise. It probably hadn’t been this cold in like 5 or 6 years,” Nicholas Madison of Starkville said Tuesday in Tupelo.

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Madison was bundled up, but his body wasn’t the only thing he needs to be concerned about when it comes to keeping warm.

In Tupelo, Westside Hardware owner Mike Timmons prepared pipes for the cold weather along with giving tips on trying to keep your pipes warm.

“In conventional flooring homes, you will have plumbing usually running under your house," said Mike Timmons, who recommended wrapping them with foam insulation and sealing it with duct tape.

“If you have any holes or exposed holes in your house, you need to seal them up,“ Mike Timmons explained.

In order to keep cracks and holes insulated, he suggested using an expanding foam filler.

Tupelo Water and Light director Johnny Timmons said if your pipes are already frozen and you plan on using a heater to defrost it, do not leave the heater alone.

“Somebody needs to be there at the time because it could catch fire and become a real problem,” Johnny Timmons said.

As far as inside your home, Mike Timmons said let your faucet drip a thin stream of water and leave your cabinet doors under the kitchen sink open to allow the room air to warm the pipes.

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