Watch out for frozen pipes as temps drop

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As the weather gets colder, Lincoln Water System (LWS) is reminding you to protect your pipes from freezing.

To avoid damage and costly repair bills, LWS recommends taking these precautions:

  • Drain and winterize lawn irrigation systems.
  • Remove hoses from exterior faucets.
  • Make sure all areas with plumbing are heated.
  • If pipes are concealed near exterior walls, open cabinet doors to allow in warmer air.
  • Heat tape should be installed.
  • Running a small amount of water from a kitchen or bathroom faucet for short intervals will usually keep pipes from freezing. About one cup of water every minute is recommended.
  • Locate the water shut-off valve in advance to allow immediate access if there is a leak or break in the plumbing system.

For more information on frozen pipes, visit lincoln.ne.gov.

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