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Plumbers Inundated With Frozen Pipe Complaints

Plumbing companies across the Tri-State say their phones are ringing off the hook from complaints of frozen pipes. Experts say frozen pipes can be a simple fix but recommend acting fast to avoid costly repairs.
Plumbing companies across the Tri-State say their phones are ringing off the hook from complaints of frozen pipes. Bayer's Plumbing in Newburgh received around 50 calls by end of business Monday -- most of which were regarding frozen water pipes. Experts say if this happens to you -- don't worry -- it can be a simple fix, but recommend acting right away. Otherwise you could face thousands of dollars in repairs.
"A lot of people will not call a plumber, they'll let them thaw out themselves," says Michael Bayer, vice president of Bayer's Plumbing. "The problem they're gonna encounter right now is, come Wednesday when we warm back up ... their pipe, if they have copper, it will unthaw in their house, most likely have a split in it and they're gonna come home and their house will be flooded."
Once pipes are unfrozen it's important to let faucets run overnight to prevent them from re-freezing. Experts say a drip is not enough to prevent re-freezing. They recommend running a steady stream about the size of a pencil.
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