Frigid weather leads to big business for area plumbers

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/27/2017) - The bitter cold isn't just something to keep in mind when going outside.

Plumbers are already seeing calls flooding in from freezing pipes, but experts say there are ways to prevent that as the frigid weather is forecast to continue for at least another week.

"Below 5 degrees and like it is now, below 0 with the wind chills, and when it stays like that for several days in a row is when the calls really start to come in," said John Davis of Blessing Co. Plumbing and Heating.

Single-digit temperatures and below cause pipes to freeze easily. Freezing water expands and often causes pipes to burst.

"The best thing you can do is to insulate them," Davis said. "Insulate the structures to try and keep the cold air and the elements out. Then also insulate the piping itself with some pipe wrap or pipe insulation."

Repairs for pipe bursts can range anywhere from $100 to $500. While Davis said it may be its too late to insulate pipes, there are a few fixes homeowners can do now.

"You can try to get heat by other sources to try and get the pipes to thaw," he said. "One thing you don't want to do is use any kind of open flame or torch to thaw them out because it can possibly catch the house on fire."

Davis recommends leaving a faucet trickling so water continues flowing through a pipe that is prone to freezing. Anyone with a problem should call a professional for repairs.

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