CINCINNATI - The frigid temperatures the Tri-State is expected to get this week could freeze the pipes in your home, potentially costing thousands of dollars in damage.
Owner of Halpin Plumbing, Joe Halpin said the extra expense of turning up the heat this week will ultimately be cheaper than what you will have to pay for pipe repairs.
Halpin recommends buying a cheap thermostat and putting it in the room where you are having trouble heating. He also suggests opening up cabinet doors where piping is located to let warm air in to decrease the likelihood of it freezing.
"We have a thawing machine right here to the side. We hook it up, plug it into the wall, and put these leads, they look like battery connections and put them into each side," Halpin said. "What happens is when you turn it on, the current runs through here, as soon as the ice melts it turns back into water again."
Halpin also suggests shutting your water off if you have plans to be out of town this week. He suggests turning it back on as soon as you return home.
In addition, Halpin said he expects to get a lot of calls towards the end of this week. Typically, piping problems increase when temperatures go back up above the freezing mark and the water starts melting, causing lines that were frozen to split open.