LINTHICUM, Md. - The temperature is dipping fast. We are expecting single digit temps, with the wind chill making it feel like 15-20 below zero.
The experts at Roto-Rooter are helping us prepare. You should turn off your water spigot from the inside and then open it up so the water drains out. This will decrease the chance of a pipe bursting.
The call center in Linthicum handles the Northeast region from Buffalo, NY down to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The call volume doubled on Saturday alone, and workers are expecting more tough days starting Monday night.
The cold weather affects water lines because it runs from the outside. It's recommended you keep water circulating to prevent it from freezing, so a slow drip from the faucet overnight will help.
"That cold air gets trapped in that cabinet, and unless you open those up and allow the warm air to get in here, that's where you get a lot of your frozen pipes," said Cory Severson, who manages the Roto-Rooter call center. "For your outside spigot, you definitely want to turn off those ahead of time, before you get to freezing, and then open up the valves on the outside to get the water out."
It's also recommended that you open up your cabinets to allow warm air around the pipes and open all the vents in every room of your house.