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Suburban homes suffer frozen pipes as result of deep freeze

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The deep freeze has also taken a toll on homes, particularly water pipes which are freezing and in some cases bursting.

It can be a nightmare for homeowners, and has been an overload of work for plumbers.

So much so that those who were able to get a plumber to come out can, in some ways, count themselves fortunate because that's how busy plumbers have been the last two days.

Summra Masood is one of countless homeowners whose pipes fell victim to the polar plunge.

She called a plumber after discovering the faucet failure last night, "Well, I went upstairs to give the kids a bath and I turned the faucet on and the cold water wasn't running it was kinda spurting, I said, uh, oh."

The Masood's are fortunate, only one set up pipes in one bathroom were affected. Others homes and businesses had it much worse.

Larry Moore, AquaTech Plumbing

" It's pretty typical, we've seen a lot of water pipes like this, frozen, this is one that we've seen probably now, We've gotten 100 calls, maybe, in the last 24 hours," Larry Moore from AquaTech Plumbing said.

In this case, all it took to fix the problem was hooking up a pipe thawing machine.

It's the most common and least expensive cure for frozen pipes.

"What it does is it's putting a current through the pipe and it's gonna heat that pipe up from one point to the other point, 35 we put it on this cold water line and on the cold water line in the hall bath so you can see, it's starting to drip," Moore explained.

And the best news for the Masood's, a check of the water meter indicated no leaks, which meant no cracked pipes in the wall.

"That would have been a serious issue and a big one, so I'm very grateful for that," Masood said.

To help keep your house safe during the winter months follow some of these tips for pipes and furnaces.

For pipes, keep in mind that pipes can freeze anywhere due to exposure from cracks or holes in siding.

To help keep them from freezing, let hot water and cold faucets drop overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to insulated pipes under sinks.

Insulate pipes in attics, crawl spaces, or confined spaces.

Seal cracks that allow cold air inside.

Disconnect and drain any pipes leading to outside faucets.

Tips for furnaces include remembering to replace the filter if it is clogged, this will allow the furnace to work more efficiently.

Also, keep obstructions away from your furnace to allow better airflow.

And finally, to avoid those shivers, bundle up or stay indoors when possible!

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