Cold Weather Blamed For Rupturing Pipes

Cold Weather Blamed For Rupturing Pipes

Plumbers have been swamped repairing ruptured pipes in homes throughout the area. We have tips on how to protect your pipes from freezing and what to do if you're a victim of this costly cold weather headache.

Plumbers are working non-stop in these bone chilling temperatures.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Lexington say it took about 200 calls Tuesday from people concerned about their pipes.

Now that a warm-up is in sight, pipes aren’t necessarily safe. But plumbers say if you haven’t done anything to protect your pipes yet, it’s not too late.  There is still another night of single-digit temperatures and as frozen water starts to thaw, you’ll want to be ready for leaks.

“That's a lot of pressure in those pipes so you get the smallest crack in there and it's going to find a way out and it's going to do a lot of damage,” said Matt Guilbault, a service technician at Mr. Rooter Plumbing.

Even though we are at the end of a cold snap, plumbers say it’s all about prevention.

“That water is obviously in a frozen state right now so you're not going to know until it thaws out,” said Guilbault.

Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing:

-Make sure all doors and vents are closed to crawlspaces

-Insulate exposed pipes with heat tape

-Leave cabinet doors open in bathrooms and kitchens to keep air flowing to pipes in drafty houses

-Keep a drip in faucets, especially the one furthest away from the water supply but make sure the sink isn’t clogged

-Take the water hose off the outside spout  

If a pipe bursts, plumbers say you will probably hear a sound like water running in another room.  Plumbers say to cut off water at the main shut off immediately.  If you don’t know where that is, call the water company.

Plumbers say metal and plastic pipes are most at risk of bursting.  They say you should keep your thermostat set to at least 55-degrees and keep it the same temperature day and night.

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