City Gives Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Governor Cuomo urges precautions during frigid cold spell

"Please note that you should continue to run your water even if there are a few warm days at any time prior to April 1", the department advises.

By suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much costlier fix job if pipes freeze and burst.

The most obvious sign of freezing pipes is a lack of water coming out of the faucets.

Tryjankowski says trickling your water all night long can also help if you think your pipes are in danger of freezing. A little wasted water can save you from a burst pipe and a big, watery mess. The water can be used to water indoor plants, among other items.

Expose pipes to warm air by opening cabinet doors under kitchen or bathroom sinks.

Know the location of main water shut-off valve.

If your pipes burst, shut off your water and the water heater.

Protect pipes and water meter. Burdick also says in some situations the pipes will unfreeze and then then leak all over the house or business causes thousands of dollars worth of damage. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation, so don't disturb it. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

Any residents with questions regarding frozen pipes can call the Binghamton Public Works Dispatch at 607-772-7020. Use hair dryers, heat lamps or electric lamps.

Experts are warning people not to ever use an open flame to thaw the pipes. We encourage customers to take the following precautions to reduce freezing or bursting pipes, as well as any damage to the water meter.

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