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It's Cold AF And You Don't Want Your Pipes to Burst

Water main breaks are a huge problem around Middle Tennessee right now, with WSMV Channel 4 News reporting several burst pipes caused by subfreezing temperatures

Water main breaks are a problem for the city, but burst pipes can cause issues at home as well.  You know, I remember living in an apartment complex and them always saying "Drip your faucets at night" to avoid frozen pipes.  I never really understood that mentality, but did some research on that very subject.

And by research, I mean Google.

Here's some tips (other than just letting your faucet drip) on how to keep your pipes from freezing and bursting, courtesy of the American Red Cross

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.  (UNLESS YOU HAVE A SMALL 1-YEAR OLD WHO WILL LITERALLY DESTROY YOUR HOUSE IF YOU LET HIM INTO CABINETS...EXAMPLE, ME).

  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.  (OK, THIS DOESN'T REALLY EXPLAIN IT BUT I DON'T WANT TO LEARN SCIENCE)

  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.  (This one surprised me, because literally every night my wife cranks the heat up by like 5 degrees)

  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. (WHAT KIND OF MONSTER SETS THEIR HOUSE LOWER THAN 55 DEGREES?)

There, now you can be a part of the solution and not part of the problem.  Also, you can avoid your pipes looking like this strange and slightly inappropriate-looking GIF.

And now, enjoy a GIF of my child unenthusiastically sliding down a ramp of ice.

Stay warm ya'll!

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