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To Build A Fire

By Jocelyn Geboy in News on Feb 8, 2007 10:47PM

No, don't. If your pipes have frozen during this long cold snap, please do NOT thaw them with an open flame. The American Red Cross says so, too.

2007_02frozenpipe.jpgThis CBS2 web article is helpful with some tips on how to keep your pipes from freezing as well.

  • Keep the faucets running -- just a little bit. As we heard the guy on the news say last night, "Moving water doesn't freeze." We're not sure we always agree, but we'll go with it.

  • Open your cabinet doors to let some heat in.

  • If you have a safe heating component, like a space heater -- try putting that next to the cabinet.

  • Wrap your pipes with insulation.

  • Turn up your heat a little (if you can!?).

Again, if the pipes are already frozen and a hair dryer or a heating pad or a space heater doesn't unthaw them ... do NOT use a blowtorch or a propane heater or an open flame. This is NOT a good idea. The other thing is -- there are some essentials your landlord has to provide. Heat, hot and cold running water, maintaining the windows and walls up to code ... it's all in the landlord/tenant ordinance. It's not always the easiest thing to get enforced, but it is out there.

Stay warm, people.

"Frosty Pipe" via APE-NUT-SACK