A Massillon plumbing company recommends exposing indoor water pipes by opening cabinet doors and turning up the thermostat as ways to avoid freezing.
Sue Mertz, of Whisler Plumbing and Heating Inc., expects to receive a handful of residential phone calls today from people who have frozen pipes, and between six and eight calls from those who have nonfunctioning boilers in their home.
"Once it gets at or below zero, the calls come in," said Mertz, adding that Whisler has six plumbers on call at most times. "Turn up the heat so they don't freeze to begin with."
The daytime temperature today is expected to reach 1 degree, according to the National Weather Service.
When water pipes freeze, Mertz said to use a blow dryer or space heater to help thaw them out. Another idea is to let water flow at a trickle so that stagnant water in pipes does not freeze, she said.
In addition, Mertz recommends insulating pipes prior to winter to help prevent freezing.
TEMPERATURE: A high of 1 degree.
SNOWFALL: Widespread and blowing, little or no accumulation.
WIND: Gusts between 20 and 35 mph.
WIND CHILL: As low of minus-47 degrees.
Source: National Weather Service