MUD gives tips to prevent pipes from freezing

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - With extremely low temperatures throughout the week, MUD gave some tips to homeowners on winterizing their homes: 

- When water freezes, it expands. Plan ahead to prevent the cost and mess of frozen pipes or a broken water line during winter months. Here are some things you can do to prepare for winter:

- Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe. A single hard, overnight freeze can burst either the faucet or the pipe it’s connected to.
 
- Where previous freeze-ups have been a problem, a slight trickle of water from the faucet may keep a pipe from freezing.
 
And if you're planning extended time away from your home: 
 
- Keep the furnace on, but at a lower setting.
 

- Have someone briefly run all faucets daily to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.

- Turn off your water at the Stop Box. By doing so, it will reduce the likelihood of further damage from running water if system is not drained and freezing occurs.

- Drain all pipes, toilets and water lines to be completely safe.

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