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Plumber offers tips for keeping pipes from freezing as temperature drops into the teens

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Plumbers advise that leaving cabinets open to let air circulate around pipes can help prevent them from freezing as temperatures drop. (KPTV) Plumbers advise that leaving cabinets open to let air circulate around pipes can help prevent them from freezing as temperatures drop. (KPTV)
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

There are a few things homeowners in Portland will want to think about as temperatures drop this weekend, including frozen pipes.

Jorge Lopez with Plumbing Craftsman told FOX 12 he has already prepared his Beaverton home for the cold weather, and he wants to share what he's done with other homeowners.

Lopez’s first piece of advice in this cold weather is to open up cabinet doors to let warm air in.

“You have to have these open on a really cold day to get air circulation in there so the pipes don't freeze on an exterior wall,” he explained.

Lopez said that turning on a faucet will help as well, increasing the water circulation and preventing freezing.

He also says homeowners also need to check a couple things outside of their home. Open vents can rush cold air in over pipes, causing foundation problems.

Lopez also noted that homeowners need to make sure garden hoses are disconnected and that covers for those outside spigots can keep those lines from freezing.

These simple steps, Lopez said, can prevent an unexpected home improvement project as the cold weather comes to town. He added that temperatures need to be really cold, in the teens or below, for pipes in homes to break.

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