Frigid Temperatures are Bursting Water Pipes
Plumbers in Grand Junction told us that there phones have been ringing off the hook.
Broken heaters and frozen pipes are just some of the problems created by these cold temperatures.
John Burwell Jr. of Peterson Plumping says they've been getting almost 60 calls per day and haven't been this busy in at least five years.
Burwell says the worst part is that there are no signs to warn you that your pipes may be in trouble.
But the constant below freezing temperatures are causing pipes to burst and heaters to break.
"When stuff is frozen what happens is the pipes expand it causes a weakness in the integrity of the pipe, and at some point down the road they may have problems," said Burwell.
Burwell says it can depend on the age and condition of the pipes, but there are some things you can do to help out.
That includes opening all your cabinets, allowing water to trickle before turning it on full power, and turning up the heat in your house.
If you take these precautions you may be avoiding substantial damage, not only to your pipes, but your home as well.
Burwell advises people to have their pipes checked by a contractor even if they survive the winter months, because the stretch of cold weather can damage them permanently.
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