Aqua Ohio provides tips to keep pipes from freezing

Governor Cuomo urges precautions during frigid cold spell

Prevent drafts in unheated areas, such as crawl spaces or basements, by replacing broken glass or making other repairs.

The cold alert will be in place when temperatures dip below -15 C. The city advises the public to layer up and keep extremities and the face covered. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. The best mixture to use is 50 percent anti-freeze and 50 percent distilled water.

Insulate both hot and cold water pipes near exterior walls. The City does not thaw frozen plumbing.

Area water providers are encouraging their customers to take additional precautions, especially early next week when temperatures may not rise above freezing for about 72 hours. This area of the home needs to be protected from the cold.

Burdick explains that if water isn't coming out of the faucet, it's a sign the pipes are frozen. Also, a freeze alarm can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees. You will need to protect plumbing that runs along cold walls from becoming too cold. If possible, drain the pipe and this will lessen the chance of a break. Leave cupboards open to allow heat to get inside the cupboards.

Of course, the most important thing is to keep your plumbing and furnace properly maintained all year.

"They make like little styrofoam covers for faucets pretty much any insulated material".

Those who plan to be away from home should consider shutting off the main water valve to the house. Call the city for an appointment.

If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, you may have a frozen pipe.

As a three-day arctic blast that was expected to bring wind chills in the minus 20s commences, the City of Lawrence offers the following tips to avoid the costly damage that frozen household pipes can cause.

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