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As winter approaches, Park Forest officials remind residents to be proactive and safeguard their home's plumbing.
Pipes burst in the winter when temperatures drop enough for the water within the lines to freeze. This process increases pressure inside the pipes, causing them to burst at weak points. Consequently, this can result in significant water damage to homes. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces, and external walls are particularly susceptible due to exposure to the biting cold air entering utility line openings.
Public Works Assistant Director Nick Christie said it is important to remember that sometimes pipes need more than just the home's insulation.
"The most common spots where water lines freeze are when they run along exterior walls," Christie said. "Sometimes the home's insulation is not enough to keep the lines from freezing. We suggest that homeowners install insulation sleeves on these lines."
Christie added residents should let faucets drip slightly to keep water from freezing. Additionally, he said it's a good idea to keep cabinets under sinks open to allow the home's heat to warm up water lines.
Below are nine steps residents can take to prevent frozen water lines: