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Keep water pipes warm as temperatures drop

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The City of Madison Fire Department says as temperatures drop, it's important to make sure water pipes are protected from freezing temperatures.

Power outages have made frozen pipes a more likely occurrence. Once the pipes are frozen they can burst and cause damage.

The City of Madison reminds residents:

If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle of water comes out, suspect a frozen pipe.

Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can't thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

Consider adding insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces to maintain warmer temperatures.

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