Frozen Pipe Incidents Increase With Current Cold Weather

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Crews at the fire department have responded to more calls because of frozen pipes.

Plumbers also have their hands full dealing with them.

Aaron Evans works for Plumbing Perspectives and knows firsthand that frozen pipes can lead to emergency calls in the middle of the night.

"Froze and of course it's plastic. So whenever it froze it busted and so the ceiling came down in that garage," said Evans.

One homeowner didn't close the garage door and because of the cold temperatures, the shower valve and pipes in the bathroom froze.

"On top of the regular workload, this cold snap has you know doubled our workload, we were busy to begin with and now when you have people calling up and they don't have water, you know that's an emergency," said Evans.

Mike Brady, a Harrisonburg deputy fire chief, said flooding could lead to even bigger problems.

"Electrocution could become an issue or power outages in that particular building," said Brady.

Students in some off-campus apartments are using heaters to thaw frozen pipes.

Make sure to be careful thawing pipes as water can leak through light fixtures and ceilings.

There are simple things you can do, such as keep cabinets with pipes in them open and run your faucets.

"Just a little bit. That way there's water flowing, it doesn't get a chance to freeze. You can insulate your pipes. Disconnect your hoses," said Brady.

If you do see a leak, Brady advises people to shut their water off.

With the cold weather sticking around Wednesday, crews do expect to receive more calls because of frozen pipes.


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