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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

If you have a broken food disposal or you sink is stopped up you are going to have to live with it for a while.

Every plumber in this part of the country is busy taking care of all the problems caused by the recent arctic cold snap.

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This is not what you want to see coming out of the side of your house. It's a sign, a sign that you have broken pipes and hundreds of homeowners all over the Mid-South are having to deal with this same problem.

"All right this is what we're dealing with for the past few days after the cold weather," said Fred Simmons, plumber. "Everything starts to freeze up and when it starts to thaw out it busts open. This is a piece of copper. Most everything we're seeing is on copper like this one and CVP pipe, which is plastic and it's doing the same thing."

"Oh goodness, we just lost our phones," said Brooke Dawkins of Greenway Home Services. "They just went out. That's not good. Not good at all."

The last thing the customer service center at Greenway Home Services needs is for the phones to go out, because they have been getting record numbers of phone calls.

"We have been extremely busy," Dawkins said. "The phones have been ringing since Monday, just now stopping ... Every call has been broken pipes and we try to keep them calm and get them scheduled as soon as possible."

But that does not include non emergency calls.

"Anybody that has a frozen pipe that burst we put that as a priority over garbage disposals and stoppages, minor things," said Mike Wilson of Greenway Home Services. "They do for the most part, but some when they have to wait for a day or two they look for someone else to service them. But pretty much everyone is in the same boat."

If you want to make sure you're not on that boat in the next big freeze, take advice from a pro.

"I advise people to leave the faucet dripping inside the home," Simmons said. "One hot and one cold. That's plenty and you don't have to leave sit running, just a small drip.

So, just remember a little drip will do ya ... or else.

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