Last updated: January 07. 2014 4:46PM - 252 Views
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Severe cold weather is often accompanied by frozen pipes. Do you know what to do in the event of this plumbing emergency? Better Business Bureau offers these quick tips and advice:

1) Know where your main water cut-off is located BEFORE you need to use it. Make sure everyone in the home knows where it is and how to turn it off. If a pipe ruptures, turn off the water at the main cut-off as soon as possible.

2) Don’t assume your home owner’s insurance policy covers damage in the event of a water line rupture. Talk with your insurance company to make sure you have adequate coverage for this or other weather-related damages.

3) Be sure to keep cabinet doors open during extremely cold nights. This allows warmer air to circulate and helps prevent freezing. Consider using a portable space heater to warm the area. Be careful not to get the heater too close to the pipes but instead gently warm the area.

4) Consider leaving the water dripping slightly over night.

5) If a pipe should rupture, select a plumber or home repair professional only after getting all details in writing and checking for a positive (or negative) history with the BBB, and remember to NEVER pay for repairs in advance.

For more information, visit bbb.org or call 800-777-8348.

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