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DELPHOS — With subzero temperatures, there is always the concern of frozen water pipes. Delphos Water Superintendent Tim Williams has some advice for residents on how to keep their water pipes flowing and how to thaw them out if they do become frozen.

“If you have pipes that are on outside walls, keep the faucet on with a stream about the size of a pencil lead,” Williams said. “I know there are concerns with water consumption but letting the water run with a small stream will be less costly than a flooded home and/or burst water pipes.”

Williams also said cabinets should be opened at faucets in the kitchen or bathroom to allow heat to reach the pipes.

Preventative measures also include insulating pipes, making sure vents to crawl spaces are closed and insulated and wrapping outside spigots and removing hoses so they don’t freeze.

If pipes do freeze, thawing them should be done with caution.

“Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe,” Williams stressed. “Use a hair dryer, an electric space heater or a salamander. Just make sure these items are away from combustible materials.”


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