Below Zero Temps Cause Frozen Pipes

Posted at: 01/31/2013 6:58 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- One of the side-effects of the cold weather is frozen pipes, and it doesn't matter where they're located. Sometimes it's inside your house, sometimes they're outside and sometimes they're not even on your property.

"People weren't prepared for the old fashion Minnesota weather like we use to have and there's been a lot of people that have had frozen pipes that have been bursting," said Don Hofstad, Owner of Zumbro Valley Plumbing.

Hofstad says there are preventable measures you can take.

"Turn on the faucet a little bit, to make sure the water is running a little bit so it doesn't freeze," said Hofstad.

It's important to check outside spouts as well. Otherwise you may have a problem.

"In the fall people overlook the fact that they were dripping and all of a sudden it's too late and there's a waterfall of frozen ice," said Hofstad.

Other situations are simply unpreventable.

"there was a water mane break in the street due to freezing and thawing and the water it seeped out of the mane and entered into our customers basement," said Bryan Hanson, K & S Heating Project Manager 

Which is exactly what happened to a Rochester basement, which filled with over 3 feet of water.

"The cold weather does some things we can't prepare for. Mother Nature throws us or a loop sometimes," said Hofstad.

Experts say in these below zero temperatures we are going to see in the next 24 hours, insulation is key for keeping your pipes nice and toasty.