Local plumbers offer home tips for arctic blast

An arctic blast is on its way to the Twin Lakes Area as temperatures this weekend are expected to drop. According to the National Weather Service in North Little Rock, bitterly cold arctic air is likely late New Year`s weekend and early next week. Temperatures will drop into the single digits across northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. Wind chill values will drop into the single digits nearly state wide with negative values possible across the Twin Lakes Area.
As the temperatures plummet Alfred Dewey, owner of Dewey and Sons Plumbing, says there are some things to keep in mind to prevent water pipes from freezing at home.

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Dewey says he can't stress enough how important it is to keep the crawl spaces and vents under your house closed and secure.

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If pipes freeze Dewey says he doesn't advise trying to thaw them out with a blow torch, which can start a fire. A hair dryer can be used at the site of the freeze, however he says it's best to have pipes treated by a professional to avoid damage to your home.

If a pipe bursts there will be no evidence until the weather warms up. If it's noticed a pipe has ruptured he says to have the issue addressed as soon as possible.

During a winter freeze there are other areas of the home to pay attention to.

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