Plumbers say big temperature swings cause stress on pipes, could cause them to bust


    With temperatures going from cold to mild this week, we'll see some things thawing out, which might include your pipes. (WSYX/WTTE)

    With temperatures going from cold to mild this week, we'll see some things thawing out, which might include your pipes.

    "Typically anything down below 20 is when we'll start seeing most of our calls on that. When we start actually getting into negative temperatures it's a high number of calls at that point," said Brad Shepherd of Waterworks Plumbing.

    Waterworks Plumbing says that the warmer temperatures Wednesday may reveal pipes that have frozen the last few days. "It'll create that little split in there and a bulge and that ice pocket will actually stay in there. Then when it goes to warm up like it is tomorrow is when you'll get the water flowing out of there," Shepherd said.

    If you find one of your pipes has busted, turn the water off immediately. If you discover one that is frozen but not split, you can try to slowly heat it up. An easy way to do that: Waterworks recommends turning a shop vac to the blowing side instead of suction, and blow some of the warm air into the areas around plumbing fixtures

    As the temperatures nose dive again later this week, keep in mind that pipes on exterior walls are the most at risk for freezing and busting.

    “If there's any type of uninsulated wall or right up against the block wall the wind can find itself a little hole and that's where those lines are where we typically find our freezing at," Shepher said.

    He suggests opening cabinets around plumbing and leaving both hot and cold water faucets dripping once the temperatures dip below 20 degrees. Another tip - make sure the discharge pipes out by the curb are clear of snow; once it starts melting it could back up into your home.

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