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Cold weather and frozen pipes keep plumbers busy this time of year

CREATED Jan. 23, 2013

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SHOREWOOD - The homeowner of this house has done what he can to protect this pipe from freezing and bursting, something plumbers suggest unless you want to pay for them to visit.

Tony burke hasn't had water in his bathroom since yesterday.

“My brother-in-law was here yesterday and tried to put some heat on the pipes, and was hoping my bathroom water would get turned on,” said Burke.

But nothing would work...so he had to call plumber Andy Einberger with Flat Rate Plumbing.

"All I've been doing today is frozen pipe calls,” said Einberger.

Einberger says business is bursting.

“We're doing a lot more frozen pipes, thawing those out, damaged pipes,” said Einberger. “When those pipes freeze, especially copper pipes they will split."

He said there are a few things you can do to avoid a costly visit from a plumber.

“We know the freezing weather is coming, if you've had trouble spots open, like under your kitchen sinks, open your cabinets let the warm air get into those spots,” said Einberger.

He says letting your faucets drip will also prevent the pipes from freezing - a bit of water that can save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs.

Burke says dealing with frozen pipes is just one of the joys of living in Wisconsin.

"It is Wisconsin so I kind of expect it,” said Burke.

Plumbers expect to be busy the rest of the week. They say it takes a little while for the pipes to get cold enough to freeze, and usually homeowners don't call them until there's a big mess.