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Cold Snap Freezing Pipes, Plumbing Service Calls Increase

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LEWES, Del. -- Falling temperatures as a chilly cold front moves in by the end of the week means more emergency service calls for frozen pipes across Delmarva.

Jean and Joe Hudak had to make a plumbing service call of their own call early Wednesday morning for busted pipes.

"About 3:00 last night we got awoken because it sounded like the ocean was rushing underneath the bedroom," said Mr. Hudak.

A frozen pipe burst in the Hudak's home causing a major leak. The couple had to act fast to stop the flow and conserve water.

"We figured it had to be water so we ran into the main, shut it off," he said and then later called Georgetown's Megee Plumbing and HVAC service center.

Recounting the morning's events, Joe appeared light-hearted about their home's first-time water main break, but for Jean a home without running water was no laughing matter.

"Real fast you have to fill up jugs and pots full of water," said Mrs. Hudak, "with the sound that we heard, the pipe had already cracked. So if it got worse it would've been a lot more damage."

The Megee plumbing technician said a foundation vent left open caused cold air to get into the Hudak's basement and freeze the pipes.

Once ice gets inside a pipe, according to the technician, it swells and causes it to burst.

A car repair shop in Georgetown experienced a similar winter weather mishap overnight Tuesday. The next day, the owner found the lobby flooded with water due to a frozen pipe that had burst.

Megee plumbing technicians said they've answered a number of service calls so far this winter regarding broken frozen pipes caused by foundation vents left open.

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