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How Pipes Freeze

When water freezes it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes when left in the freezer. When water freezes in your plumbing pipes, it expands the same way. If the frozen water expands enough it can cause the pipe to burst, causing serious damage. Pipes that are adequately protected along their entire length or are placed within the buildings insulation generally are safe.  Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing. This is the time of year to assure that your plumbing pipes are adequately protected from freezing. If you aren’t sure where your pipes are located, you may want to call a local plumber to come perform a winter home inspection.

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