What passes for winter here is majorly upon us and we must take measures. Undoubtedly that comes as little surprise to anyone with half a clue who has spent virtually any time in the Kansas City area.
Still you-know-what happens and it’s easy to let mundane things like ridiculously frigid temps sneak up on you.
Take last night…
“We’re getting frozen pipe calls already,” Roger the Plumber said early Wednesday evening. “It’s going to be one below zero.”
Locals can take measures to avoid financing Roger’s next vaca to Hawaii.
“I’m telling people to turn their heat up tonight,” Roger says. “This is not the time to conserve energy. If they want to leave it it down once we get back into the 30s, that’s fine. But right now they should set their thermostats for 70 degrees. And if you have a cabinet in the kitchen with pipes on the outside wall, open up the cabinet doors so the heat can get in there.
“And if you’re leaving even for five minutes, put the garage door down. We had someone with two bedrooms above the garage and he left the door open for 10 minutes and it froze the pipe for the rooms up above. Nothing broke, but he was lucky.”
Other measures to be taken to avoid frozen pipes:
“Keep the water moving in it and it won’t freeze,” Roger says. “”And keep the faucet with just a steady drip or small stream.”
As for last night – and freezing cold nights to come – “We’ve had 13 calls already and it’s not as cold as it’s gonna be,” Roger says. “So we’re assuming it’s going to be a busy night. And we don’t go out if pipes are frozen – only if they burst. We’ll be there for every rupture but we’ll go out and thaw the pipes tomorrow.”
That’s all folks…