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Cold snap could cause pipes to freeze

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bluegrass State plumbers are reminding homeowners of the potential for water damage as we face brutally cold temperatures.


What do you want to know

  • Sub-freezing temperatures across the Commonwealth are keeping plumbers busy this week
  • Plumbers at Dauenhauer Plumbing in Louisville say it’s important for homeowners to focus on faucets and pipes along your outermost walls
  • If you suspect a frozen pipe, experts say knowing where your main water cut is can easily save you thousands of dollars in repair bills.
  • Once temperatures rise, plumbers recommend inspecting the plumbing around your home for damage.

As we head into the weekend, parts of Kentucky could experience teenage temperatures according to the Spectrum News One weather team. And that means it’s time to take action to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Ron Moore, excavation supervisor at Dauenhauer Plumbing in Louisville, said it was all on deck Friday.

“We delayed them for two hours, but I mean, they’re just trying to take care of all of our customers,” Moore said.

It’s important for homeowners to focus on faucets and pipes along their outermost walls, according to Moore.

“You’re definitely going to know because either you’re going to hear it or you’re going to see water coming through your ceiling or coming out through your floor,” he explained. “It won’t take long to find a broken pipe, let me tell you.”

The father-of-seven said the best thing to do was to be proactive in making sure everything was running smoothly.

“I would look for the pipes on the exterior walls under the sinks which could be exposed to the cold. Find out if there’s a pipe or a draft going through there, you need air to stop going through there,” Moore said.

To avoid plumbing problems, there are simple things you can do, including keeping your heater on and getting water flowing through your pipes.

“You constantly have to keep your cupboards open, keep your water running. People can say it’s driving up their water bill, but it’s better to have a big bill at the end where the water freezes and explodes and then floods your house,” Moore said.

If you suspect a frozen pipe, knowing where your main faucet is can easily save you thousands of dollars in repair bills.

When pipes freeze, experts say technicians can’t fix the problem until the pipes start to warm up.

“A lot of times when pipes freeze there’s a lot you can’t do to prevent them, but sometimes you just have to wait for them to thaw,” Moore said.

As customers seek to protect their pipes, Moore offers this advice: “Do your homework and be preventative and insulate them from the pipes and let your water flow.

Once temperatures rise, plumbers recommend inspecting the plumbing around your home to make sure nothing has been damaged.