Keep your pipes from freezing in freezing temperatures

By Jillian Marshall

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 11:24 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With a high of four degrees for Friday, these extremely low temperatures will freeze pipes in homes and businesses.

Frozen pipes can inconvenience your life and can cost a pretty penny in repairs.

Auchinachie Plumbing and Heating says older homes, trailers and any where where the water pipe is outside are the most susceptible to freezing.

To keep your pipes from getting cold, open up your cabinets to expose pipes to the heat in your home, keep garage doors closed as much as possible, and to keep your home at a steady temperature.

That means not turning down the heat when you leave for work or go to sleep.

The Red Cross recommends keeping a faucet dripping. They say running water through the pipe helps prevent pipes from freezing.

"Best ways to thaw them out is with a hair dryer, again introducing them to heat, don't use any open flames, ya know things that are going to cause a fire," said Vice President of Auchinachie Chris Holleran.

He said if your pipes do freeze, just to be patient and try to warm them up.

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