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Protecting Your Frozen Pipes

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) With cold temperatures around the Magic Valley, well, it's leaving plumbers busy and people stuck with frozen pipes.

Call after call... that's what plumber Grant Ball keeps receiving.

Freezing temperatures means frozen pipes.

"Busy winter ahead for us, this is normally a January thing. It's happening early this year," explains Ball, who is owner of On The Ball Plumbing.

Just this week... Dietrich School had a pipe burst in a classroom.

Over at the Flying J in Jerome, they also had a pipe break, causing interior damage.

"It's time to drip faucets whether you have a new house, old house, it gets to all of them," Ball warns.

Letting your faucet trickle throughout the winter will help ensure that water pipes don't freeze and burst.

"Keeping the vents closed on the house and dripping water. We see a lot of pipes freeze because the garage is open for 30 minutes to an hour in these cool temperatures," Ball says.

Twin Falls City officials want to warn citizens to be aware... pipes aren't just in the ground but also above your ceiling.

"A lot of times you won't notice the problem until things warm up because everything is frozen. When it starts to warm up we start to see a lot of problems," explains Robert Bohling, City of Twin Falls Water Superintendent.

A problem that can be prevented... by taking precautions.


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