Protect your pipes during freezing weather

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As freezing temperatures are expected throughout the Borderland Thursday and Friday night, it is important to protect your water pipes from freezing.

El Paso Water released the following tips on how residents can help prevent their pipes from bursting:

Insulate exposed pipes and faucets outside and around your home, including those in unheated areas like basements, garages, attics or crawl spaces.

In severe cold only, let cold-water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. This helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature flowing water tends to stay above freezing.

If a pipe does break on your property, know where your water meter is and how to turn the water off immediately to avoid further damage and water waste.

In addition, if you are taking a vacation or going away for several days, turn off your water at the meter in case of damage occurs while away or ask someone to monitor your home in your absence.

Outside pipes as well as common unheated areas to check in your house include basements, attics, and garages. Remember both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.

A hot water supply line can freeze if the water is not running through the pipe. If a pipe does break on your property make sure you know where your water shut off valve is so that you can minimize any more water loss or damage.

In cases where the location of the frozen pipe cannot be located or it is not accessible, it is best to call a licensed plumber.

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