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Tips to protect your pipes during deep freeze

When temperatures get below freezing pipes can freeze. Here are some tips to protect your pipes.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Temperatures in northern Michigan are continuing to drop and your pipes could start to give you some trouble.

If your pipes are freezing, there could be a couple reasons behind that.

If pipes run through uninsulated areas of your home including running through exterior walls or if you leave vents open in crawl spaces could contribute to freezing pipes.

If your pipes do freeze over there are a few different ways to thaw them out, according to Chris Wood, operations manager at Team Bob's.

"If they are metal, by metal I mean copper or galvanized, we have a device that we can hook up and put an electrical current through it that will thaw those pipes out," Wood said. "If they're plastic or pex, which is a term we use in this industry, then you'll have to thaw those with a space heater or maybe a hair dryer or that type of thing."

Wood said just this week they've had about 10 cases of frozen pipes.

It's important to take the proper precautions to make sure your pipes don't freeze, especially if your area is under a run water notice.

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