Tips to prevent pipes from bursting during freezing temperatures

Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 18:06:44-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Plumber Ray McPherson spent Thursday getting a house ready for freezing temperatures.

With the temperature drop, there's a chance your pipes could burst.

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"This type here, it does not close. What you need to do is get you a piece of Styrofoam board and cut it to fit and jam it to fit. That keeps the wind from blowing in the house," McPherson said.

He said remove your water hose and place a protector over the outside faucet to help block out any air.freezing-pipes

"This is the common problem I see right here - people don`t protect underneath the house," he sad.

As you are doing preps inside your house, McPherson says there are several steps you can follow.

He says that you can open the cabinets under your sink, if your sink is near an outside wall. He says also turn the faucet on so the water can drip.

"It'`s very hard for running water to freeze. So if you got a good steady drip that`ll keep the water moving.

McPherson says these are all really simple and cheap steps to take.

A busted pipe could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.

McPherson suggests to start preparing your home a few hours ahead of freezing weather.