Dec 3, 2013 6:19 PM by Matt Prichard

Winter piping problems

Colder weather is moving in and because of that pipes, furnaces and anything that could freeze probably will.

"Those pipes weren't buried at ideal depths. Ideally pipes should be buried at about 6-feet deep, and those service lines in certain parts of the older sections of town, and up in Green Mountain Falls are at about 4-feet of depth," said Colorado Springs Utilities spokesman, Steve Berry.

Steve Berry with Colorado Springs Utilities says all too often people aren't aware of where their pipes actually sit.;

"If you've had previous challenges with your service line. It's something you want to look at making a long-term investment in, and actually have those relocated to an appropriate depth," said Berry.

But the battle doesn't stop at your front door, challenges await inside as well with pipes and furnaces. 

"If people haven't had their furnaces checked, and their furnaces are older it's a good idea to have somebody come and look at those, to make sure the heat exchangers in good shape. And obviously all homeowners should have carbon monoxide detectors to provide that early warning," said Colorado Springs Fire Marshal, Brett Lacey.

"You can open up your cabinet doors, especially on exterior facing walls. So open up the cabinet doors where there's indoor plumbing, let your furnace heat hit those pipes and keep them warm, keep them from freezing," said Berry.

It all comes back to preventative maintenance, and making sure your home is ready for those cool temperatures. 



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