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Cold Weather Plumbing Problems

Temperatures falling into the teens and below have plumbers preparing for overtime. Plumbers say there's no substitute for insulating pipes from the cold.

Plumbers keep boxes of that insulation for water lines that could be exposed to freezing temperatures. They say water lines buried at least 18-inches in the ground rarely freeze in our area. But if they're exposed to a cold foundation wall or in a draft from outside air, there's a possibility of cracked pipes and big leaks.

Mobile homes are more vulnerable to frozen pipes because of the plumbing that may not be insulated between the floor and the ground. Any crack or break in the mobile home skirting can freeze the pipes.

Homeowners are also warned to remove hoses from foundation faucets that can cause split pipes during freezing temperatures.


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