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Freezing Temperatures Cause Plumbing Problems

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OCEAN VIEW, De. - The chilling temperatures this week have caused problems for some homeowners on Delmarva.

Freezing pipes and leaking outdoor faucets come with a hefty price tag, according to Chesapeake Plumbing Supervisor Davey Brickman.  Brickman says calls have been continuously coming in this week to fix these cold weather issues. 

"We see frozen pipes and water issues day in and day out throughout the winter season," Brickman said. 

Some of the most common issues are broken water heaters, frozen pipes and frozen outdoor faucets. And these problems are not cheap to fix. 

"If you have a leaky faucet, what will happen when it actually goes below freezing is that it will build an ice block and freeze the whole bib and bust," Brickman said. "Water damage can be very expensive."

Brickman said repairs can range from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand depending on the issue.  But experts say some of these damages can be easily prevented by taking preventative measures.  Brickman recommends taking water hoses out of your outdoor faucets and closing your water main if you won't be home for more than 24 hours.

"So if anything happens to freeze or any kind of other plumbing related issue were to happen, you're not flooding your house or garage," Brickman said. 

Brickman says these steps can save people lots of money in the long run when temperatures drop like this during the winter.




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