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Frozen pipe prevention: KC metro experts share tips to prepare for single-digit temps

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Posted at 9:12 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 23:53:41-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With single-digit temperatures expected in the Kansas City metro this week, plumbers and HVAC techs are preparing for a flurry of calls related to frozen pipes.

But there are steps residents can take now to protect their homes, according to Morgan Miller Plumbing.

“What we find is people will leave off all of their faucets," Gage Weatherly said. "They don’t run anything."

Weatherly suggested making sure pipes that run along exterior walls are well-insulated, the cabinet doors underneath a sink are left open, and faucets are left to drip.

In the event that pipes do freeze, KC Water said not to leave the house without shutting off the main valve because homeowners could return to a flood.

“If you have a frozen pipe, never use an open flame," KC Water Utility Manager Bill White said. "Always use a hairdryer or a slow way of drying out the pipes."