Officials Warning Residents to take Steps to keep Pipes from Freezing

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Protect pipes and water meter.

According to the American Red Cross you should keep you should keep your thermastat set to at least 55 degrees inside your home. These tips are made available courtesy of Maine Water Company.

About 50 people reported their pipes have frozen in the recent days, says the City of Hamilton in a news release. Seal cracks or holes in windows, walls or doors near the meter or pipes.

If somehow your pipes do freeze, here are some tips that may be helpful. This is especially important for pipes in attics and basements. Consider installing products made to insulate water pipes-even a quarter inch of newspaper can provide significant protection for pipes located in areas that aren't exposed to frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

Make sure all hoses are disconnected from outside faucets. This year has already seen a number of water main breaks disrupting service in northeast Kansas.

Inside of Cupboards: Homes without basements may have the service line and water meter in a cupboard within the home.

Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors, allowing warmer air to circulate. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. It's also advised to let the water faucet drip.

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Aqua Ohio, one of the area's largest water providers, is encouraging its customers to take steps to prevent frozen pipes inside their homes during cold weather.

"For freezing temperatures of only 2-3 days to cause that much damage and have that many homes, you know, without water, broken pipes, damage inside of homes, it was pretty fantastic to me", said Dittman, who grew up in MI.

Once you have frozen pipes, the prevention listed above will no longer solve the problem.

If your pipes burst, shut off your water and the water heater.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. With such cold, plumbers are busier than ever fixing frozen and broken pipes.

Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes.

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