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Thawing Out Frozen Pipes

YAKIMA, Wash. - With this recent cold snap in the Yakima Valley, pipes begin to freeze.

Plumbers around town are extremely busy this time of the year, helping people with their frozen pipes.

Apex Plumbing's Ryan McNett says there are a few things people can do to thaw their pipes safely. He says if you plan on using a heater, you need to watch it closely.

But if at all possible, he doesn't recommend using one. Instead, McNett says to call a plumber.

"One of the big things if you are trying to thaw your pipes out is to make sure you keep an eye on it all the time because you don't know when it's going to break loose, you just don't have an idea when you go all of a sudden from no water to water," he said.

McNett also says you need to be careful when thawing out your pipes. He says they could burst, which could cost you more in the end.

And McNett thinks the best thing you can do to prevent that is to not let your pipes freeze in the first place.

Using insulation and closing your vents are good ways to keep your pipes from freezing.