How To Keep Your Pipes from Freezing in the Winter

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How To Keep Your Pipes from Freezing in the Winter

Paul met with Wilson’s World to discuss what Charlotte residents can do to avoid a pipe or water line repair and minimize the risk of your pipes from freezing this winter. To find out what Paul recommends, check out the video below!

Wilson: We’re sitting there, I’ve got Paul here, and we’re talking Benjamin Franklin plumbing and everything. And a very good kudos right there, Zell, getting their little jingle ready. Listen, Kaitlin Cody and the forecast. I’m watching all morning, I’m seeing 20s. And anytime we get 20s here in Charlotte, that’s kind of a big deal. We ain’t used to getting that cold all the time.
Paul: Look out. You’ve got to make sure that your water pipes are not freezing. They can stay cold. Just not freezing.
Wilson: Right. And you’ve got a little paper right there. What can you do to make sure you don’t have a situation?
Paul: Real easy. Tonight, today, whatever the case is, the thing sticking out of the side of your house here is your water spigot or hose bib, whatever you want to call it. Go out and take the hose off the thing. Because once you get down below freezing, these things are really susceptible to bursting.
Wilson: Because a lot of people just leave the hose hooked up right there.
Paul: Yeah, they do. And that’s what causes a problem. Water stays in there. And then when water freezes, it expands, and it’ll break this.
Wilson: It’ll go right up in there…yeah, okay.
Paul: In the house, that’s not something that you want to have happen.
Wilson: I’ve seen it.
Paul: On the outside, it’s okay, but in the house…
Wilson: In the house, that’s a big mess right there.
Paul: In the wall…
Wilson: So a big thing today, don’t forget to undo your hose.
Paul: Absolutely. Real easy. Just go out there and take it loose.
Wilson: We’re seeing 20s right there. And usually, you’re okay, get the hose off and everything. When we get into the single digits, we usually have three or four nights where it gets like that, that’s where you need to take some other precautions as well.
Paul: Yeah. Let’s make sure that if you have any plumbing on outside walls, any sinks or whatever the case is, that you keep the cupboard open, or the vanity, or what have you.
Wilson: So underneath the sink or something like that, and the kitchen, something like that. What does that do?
Paul: It’s going to allow the heat to get to the plumbing inside the wall. And you want to keep a steady, small stream as well to keep the water moving.
Wilson: Just a little drip going?
Paul: Yeah. A little stream.
Wilson: A little stream. A little more than a drip. Little stream. Stream or drip? Drip? Stream?
Paul: Stream, yeah. We’ll call it a stream.
Wilson: Stream. Small stream? Just a little bit?
Paul: Little [inaudible 00:04:41].
Wilson: So we’ve got all that going on. Zell saw one of the Benjamin Franklin trucks going down the road. What was that question you had there, Zell? If you’re not on time…
Paul: \$5 for every minute that we’re late, up to \$300.
Derek: Wow.
Paul: It’s a real deal. We do it every now and again.
Wilson: I did not know that. I’m glad I don’t have that deal, because I’m late all the time. Why are you laughing so aggressively on that, Derek? Really? Don’t call me out on TV.
Derek: You know, whenever there’s a meeting…what happens after 60 minutes? What happens if they don’t show at all?
Kristine: Free. Service done free. I don’t know. Don’t quote me on that.
Wilson: There’s a meeting?
Derek: “I don’t have email.”
Wilson: I’m on the road a lot, I’m a busy man. I’m a busy man. If we want to find out more…I know you’ve got tips and everything and videos, and all kinds of good stuff up on the website, how can people find out more about Benjamin Franklin?
Paul: You can get us at benfranklinclt.com, or give us a call at 704-814-7283.
Wilson: There you go. We’ll have that linked up for you, wccbcharlotte.com. We’ve got more tips and stuff coming up for you. It’s going to get cold later on this week. I want to make sure you’re good to go. Back to you guys in the studio.