Freezing temps pose threat to pipes

News 12's Nadia Galindo spoke with a plumber for some tips on what people can do to protect pipes in their homes, which can be damaged by freezing temperatures.

Nadia Galindo

Feb 3, 2023, 11:18 PM

Updated 479 days ago


As the temperature drops, the calls start to flood into businesses like Ferro Plumbing and Heating in Yonkers.
"Broken pipes are a No. 1 cause phone calls to us," said Michael Ferro.
He offered these tips:
- Insulate pipes, especially those outside or in the garage
- Check your home to see if it's properly insulated
- Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature day and night
- Run faucets,  the running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing
- Remove garden hoses from hose bibs and cover the bib with Styrofoam
- Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing
If your pipes do burst or crack, a plumber can help.
Ferro said in some cases he uses a standard heat blower to heat up the home and thaw pipes.
He can also use an electrical charge on copper pipes to thaw frozen pipes.

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