MADISON (WKOW) -- The frigid weather this week has the potential to do some major damage to the city's water mains and your home's pipes.
Plumbers have been getting calls to fix frozen pipes at homes throughout the area. They say people can take some extra precautions during the winter months to avoid any problems.
As soon as it starts getting cold, homeowners should disconnect any garden hoses outside to keep the faucets clear.
If it gets really cold inside a home with older insulation, you can leave cabinets open to keep warm air flowing and avoid freezing pipes.
If a pipe freezes, a hair dryer can be used to thaw the problem area but never use anything hotter with an open flame, because you could start a fire or damage the pipe further.
Luke Bauer with Monona Plumbing & Fire Protection says every homeowner should know where to find their water main shutoff valve, just in case. It's the first thing to do if a pipe freezes.
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