Advice from plumbers as another round of frigid weather hits East Tennessee


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Another round of arctic weather has plumbers and mechanics offering advice so you don't have to give them a phone call for unexpected problems.

Knoxville Plumbing spent several days repairing burst pipes two weeks ago when the 'polar vortex' hit East Tennessee. With more cold weather expected for the next few days, the President of Knoxville Plumbing offered some advice to keep from having issues with pipes inside your house.

Robert Keith said insulating pipes is the easiest and quickest way to give yourself an advantage over the cold. Keith said any exposed pipe that isn't inside the walls of your home or a heated structure need to be covered.

"It's pretty simple," Keith says. "You want to make sure all the piping is insulated, even the elbow."

Keith added that if the insulation doesn't wrap entirely around the pipe, it won't do its job.

He also suggested to let the cold and hot water run in the house, especially if the pipe in on an exterior wall.

"Because hot water will freeze even faster than the cold," Keith said.

Another pipe to let run is the feeder tube to your ice cube maker in your freezer. Keith suggests emptying out the tray in your freezer so your ice maker will constantly run throughout the night. That produces the same effect as letting faucets drip in the sink.


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