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Published January 02, 2010, 09:32 PM

Protect Yourself From Freezing Water Pipes

With these frigid temperatures...you might want to start thinking about the water pipes in your home.

With these frigid temperatures...you might want to start thinking about the water pipes in your home. People in a Grand Forks apartment complex know all too well tonight the damage pipes freezing can do. Safety officials WDAZ talked with today say you should take steps to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

With record low temperatures, safety officials say you should make sure the water pipes in your walls don't freeze.

Capt. Doug Stern/GF Fire Department: Pipes that run on the exterior walls of the buildings are freezing up and when it starts to warm up they will break loose, or cold they'll break loose.

This afternoon a water pipe burst in this apartment complex in Grand Forks. The pipe was in an exterior wall and left an inch of water on the floors. The Grand Forks Fire Department was called to the apartment to stop the leak.

Capt. Doug Stern/GF Fire Department: Were limited to how much clean up we can do but well stop the problem so it doesn't get any worse.

If you think that your pipes are freezing the easiest thing you can do is to let water run out of your home's facets. By doing this, it will save thousands of dollars in water damages.

Capt. Doug Stern/GF Fire Department: Obviously your carpets are wet your floors are wet, ah, it runs through the ceiling if you're on the second floor it's going to go to the first floor people below you so they got issues so yeah it could be costly.

If you do have frozen pipes and you plan on trying to thaw them out yourself, Captain Stern says do not use anything with an open flame.

Capt. Doug Stern/GF Fire Department: we emphasize again to not use propane torches and stuff like that to thaw out pipes you know it usually causes more problems

Captain Stern also says he has seen pipes break in commercial buildings from the sprinkler systems because they are stored in areas where they're not insulated as well.

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