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Madison Water Utility reminds customers to prepare pipes for cold weather

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Updated Monday, December 9, 2013 --- 6:07 p.m.

Is your plumbing up to par? With the high temperatures forecasted this week, making sure your pipes won't freeze should be at the top of your to do list.

Curt Johnson with Action Plumbing says he sees pipes freeze and break hundreds of times every year and when they thaw out...flooding.

He says everyone should check the outside of their homes for cracked caulk.

He also recommends wrapping your pipes with heat coil or heat tape.

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Posted Friday, December 6, 2013 --- 12:00 p.m.

The Madison Water Utility is reminding customers to make sure pipes are protected as cold weather approaches.

The utility posted these tips to help keep your pipes from freezing:

—Double-check outdoor spigots to make sure all hoses are disconnected and the spigots are turned off and drained.
—Insulate pipes in unheated areas like crawl spaces, unheated garages, and attics.
—Leave some heat on in unused areas of your home.
—If you go out of town for a few days, keep your thermostat on at least 55 degrees and open any cabinets where sink plumbing is against an outside wall.
—If you’re leaving town for the winter, have your home and pipes professionally winterized.

The Utility says you should find the master shut off valve that turns the off water to your entire home. It’s usually in the basement. Make sure everyone in the family knows where it is in case a pipe does freeze and burst.

Burst water pipes can be a nightmare. The Utility posted video from inside a vacant Madison home where pipes on the second floor burst last winter. The mess wasn't’t found until spring, when a neighbor noticed water pouring out under a patio door.


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