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Local plumber offers advice as frigid weather freezes pipes

Many folks in the mountains woke up Tuesday morning to find their pipes had frozen as a result of frigid temperatures. John Dale of Western Carolina Plumbing offered some advice to keep in mind during times of cold weather. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Many folks in the mountains woke up Tuesday morning to find their pipes had frozen as a result of frigid temperatures.

It can be a major inconvenience to residents and businesses since the first thing most of us do every morning is turn on a faucet. When it doesn't work, it can be frustrating.

That was the scenario at a Maggie Valley restaurant on Tuesday. Brickhouse Burgers & Pizza called in a plumber to thaw their pipes, but it delayed their opening until 2 p.m.

“We put some heaters out hoping it would heat the thing up this morning and we could open.... and No! We're still in the frozen tundra,” owner Mia Clearwater said.

It was a similar situation for a Waynesville resident. Cold air seeped through cracks in his foundation and froze up his pipes.

“We will put insulation around the pipes. We'll try to insulate where the crack is at the foundation,” Western Carolina Plumbing owner John Dale said.

Western Carolina Plumbing worked both cases, and offered some advice to keep in mind during times of cold weather.

“Leave your faucets running, dripping. When it gets this cold, it might need to be a steady run...a little bit more than a drip. But, the more time you can let it run, the less likely it's going to freeze,” Dale said.

Dale said it's most important to seal up any cracks with insulation, blocking frigid air from getting to your pipes.

He also said if you have a well and your pipes freeze, turn off the power to your pump to prevent it from burning out.

He added that it can be helpful to open up cabinets and let warm air flow around the pipes to your kitchen or bathroom sinks.

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