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Learn how to keep your pipes from freezing

With temperatures hovering around the freezing point, Kevin Connell, of Tavino's Wood Fired Oven, may have had the best job at the Bluffton Farmer's Market on Thursday. Connell joked that he was going to charge market goers to warm their hands by the oven's fire, which he said can reach 1,000 degrees and cook a pizza in two minutes. After another cold night, temperatures should start warming up for the weekend -- nearing 70 on Sunday -- before dipping again early next week.
With temperatures hovering around the freezing point, Kevin Connell, of Tavino's Wood Fired Oven, may have had the best job at the Bluffton Farmer's Market on Thursday. Connell joked that he was going to charge market goers to warm their hands by the oven's fire, which he said can reach 1,000 degrees and cook a pizza in two minutes. After another cold night, temperatures should start warming up for the weekend -- nearing 70 on Sunday -- before dipping again early next week. Staff photo

With below-freezing temperatures in the Beaufort County forecast, residents should take precaution to keep their pipes from freezing.

The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority releases these tips:

  • Leave a pencil-lead-thin stream of water flowing from faucets coming from pipes in unheated areas or against exterior walls.
  • If pipes are under the kitchen or bathroom sink, keeping the cabinet doors open to allow more home heat to reach the pipes might also help.
  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas.
  • Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks. Winter winds whistling through overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses.
  • If your pipes have frozen, and you are going to be staying home, open a faucet and wait until water begins flowing again. Listen for leaks -- water expands when it freezes, which can cause leaks in pipes. If you discover a leak, turn off the water supply to your home at the main shut-off valve and contact a plumber.
  • If you're planning to leave your home, turn off your water supply at the main shut-off valve. This will prevent water damage from potential leaks in your plumbing. If you have a leak, contact a plumber.
  • If the pipe is broken, BJWSA can turn off water at the meter if you are unable to isolate any leaks while making repairs. Charges will apply if BJWSA must come to turn off your water at the meter.

    BJWSA cannot make repairs beyond the meter box. After the leak has been repaired, call its Customer Service Department, 843-987-9200, to report the leak and inquire about a possible billing adjustment.

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