Residents in the east urged to protect pipes ahead of frigid weekend

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Temperatures in the east are predicted to drop below freezing on Saturday and Sunday, and many people don’t know pipes can freeze and break in only a short period of time.

Plumbing experts say now is the time for homeowners to take the necessary steps to protect their pipes from the cold.

B & J Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Operations Manager Kyle Williams says it only takes a few minutes and is easy to do.

“Having a trickle of hot water like this or even a little less will ensure that the water is flowing and flowing water is less likely to freeze, so that’s one key factor to make sure you’re not going to have frozen pipes, as well as introducing heat to the pipes, you can actually open the cabinet to allow indoor heat to come inside and keep them from freezing as well,” says Williams.

He says time is of the essence when it comes to protecting pipes from winter weather.

Elizabeth Edwards says she’s lived in Ayden for many years and is thankful she hasn’t had any major issues.

“I’ve been blessed. Thank you, Lord. But, I understand a lot of people do and it does pay to pay attention to the weather and we enjoy listening to WITN, they never steer us wrong,” says Edwards.

Williams says many homeowners are knowledgeable about what to do inside the home but often forget one very important step on the outside.

“You want to make sure that you cut your water completely off and disconnect the hose that way ice doesn’t form in the hose itself and then work its way underneath the pipes and into the home,” says Williams.

Plumbing experts say it’s important to locate the water shut-off valve in case of emergency.

Williams also says if a home has a crawl space vent, make sure it is completely closed off.