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Preventing Freezing Pipes

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Forecasters expect overnight temperatures to dip below freezing.  As temperatures drop, your water pipes can crack.

Nobody wants to deal with leaky pipes in the middle of winter. So save yourself some hassle, start with the hose in your yard. Take it off the faucet so water can drain out. Then turn the knob all the way off.

Next make sure the pipes under your house stay warm. If you've got a crawl space, close all your vents. Plumbers said you'll be happy you did.

"Airflow with the wind chill and things it blows cold air from the North sometimes it can blow underneath the house and with those vents closed it can stop the airflow and keep it warmer from the ground," said Chris Quigley, C & M Plumbing.   

Pipes in your kitchen sink are close to the outside wall, they get cold, so open the cabinets doors to pick up heat from your furnace.