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Winter weather plumbing preparations

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 22:42:49-05

TULSA, Okla. — With the recent weather highs and lows, pipes have a high chance of freezing and breaking.

We spoke to Ricky Hudson, owner of Acts of Service Plumbing, about why this is one of the busiest times of the year.

He tells us if pipes do reach the point of freezing and breaking, this can cause thousands of dollars in repairs.

What starts out as a small leak, which can be repaired for around one hundred dollars, can turn into a much bigger problem.

“It could break inside the wall and flood their house. Then they are looking at water restoration use," Hudson says, "bringing people in get all the water out, cut sheet rock, remove flooring, carpet, and that can be an astronomical price.”

“If they have a two story house, sometimes it’s not insulated good between the floors. The wind can get in there and freeze the pipes, they will freeze and not know it until they start to thaw out. Then all of a sudden they have a flood in their house, water coming through the ceiling.” Hudson says.

Hudson tells us there are ways to prevent this from happening.

“First thing is check all the outside faucets and make sure they are not dripping. If they are they need to get them repaired right away.”

Hudson says having someone inspect your pipes regularly can save you from any serious damage down the road.

“When you hit the hot and the cold like that you can get sometimes movement in the ground. So the main water line in the house can sometimes break", Hudson says, "because it’s causing the ground to heat up and shrink. Causing the pipes to separate.”

Allowing the faucets to drip inside your home so the water stays moving can help keep the water in the pipes from freezing.

For more information on a plumbing expert, or if you're interested in an inspection click here.

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