Preventing Frozen Pipes

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, December 20 2012 at 2:55 PM, Updated: Thu, December 20 2012 at 3:06 PM

Lakeview has already had some sub-zero weather, and many sections of Klamath County won't get above freezing this week...and that's likely to result in plenty of frozen water pipes.

Plumbers in Klamath Falls have already been busy thawing out water pipes.  And a little prevention now can help keep your water flowing...

"Make sure your hoses are off your hose bibs."  Says Erik Pedersen of Fairway Plumbing.  "Walk around your house, making sure the footing vents are closed up, and prevent the wind - the wind does a lot of damage."

Pedersen adds that you can also take some simple steps inside your home...

"Open up cabinet doors.  Get as much heat on the plumbing pipes as you can."

Foam covers or heat tape can help protect pipes. 

Pedersen notes that a small trickle of water will prevent pipes from freezing...

"I tell people it's a lot cheaper to let your faucet run and pay the city water bill than it is to call a plumber."

Once it gets below freezing, any pipe can freeze.

"Once they're frozen, they're frozen."  Says Pedersen.  "You need to get under the house, put a heater under there.  Just get it warmed up."

Cold temperatures will also warm up business for plumbers...

"I do expect a little bit more."  Says Pedersen.  "And I just hope it doesn't happen on Christmas day."

And if your pipes should happen to freeze, never use an open flame or blowtorch to thaw a pipe, as that can cause the pipe to explode, or start a fire. 

A heat lamp or hair dryer might take a little longer, but will be much safer.


About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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