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Frozen water pipes caused by frigid temperatures have become a primary reason for many recent Minot Fire Department responses. Because fire sprinklers are monitored for water flow, broken pipes trigger a chain of events that ultimately results in a Fire Department response.
Residential water lines are also susceptible in the freezing temperatures.
There are ways to help prevent water lines from freezing, including:
1. Make sure exterior doors are clear of snow and ice. Doors should be able to close and latch. Ice and snow build up can prevent the door from completely closing, allowing cold air to enter the building.
2. If there is an existing heater in the entryway, use it. The added cost of extra heat is well worth the expense if it prevents water lines from freezing. A safety reminder: Electric plug-in and gas heaters are not allowed in these locations.
3. Outside pipes exposed to cold temperatures can be wrapped in heat tape. Heat tape should not, however, be used inside homes.
4. Opening cabinet doors under sinks to allow warmer air to circulate in these areas will help keep water pipes warmer.
If pipes freeze, it’s important to contact professional help immediately.