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Local plumbers busy thawing frozen pipes

When one pipe is repaired, another one is broken. That has been the story for local plumbers since the cold temperature moved in.

Posted: Jan 30, 2019 11:42 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2019 11:42 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — When one pipe is repaired, another one is broken. That has been the story for local plumbers since the cold temperature moved in. 

Although that's a common problem for plumbers this time of year, Robert Rumsey from Summers Plumbing, Heating and Cooling said it's preventable.

"They make such a thing as a heat trace tape, heat trace them and tape them up and make sure you got them protected for this time of the year," said Rumsey.

There are other approaches you can take as well, like opening up cabinet doors and letting faucets drip. It's also wise to limit opening any doors that lead outside.

"Try not to use your garage. I know it's cold outside park outside don't open that overhead up," he said. 

Opening an attached garage will cause your pipes to freeze quickly, even if it is only for a few minutes. Rumsey said another place people forget about is their crawl space.

"Crawl spaces are all vented, most people don't know that you gotta close those vents up."

If your pipes do happen to freeze and burst, Rumsey doesn't suggest trying to fix it on your own. He said a lot of damage can be done and it's best to call an expert.

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