Plumbing & Heating Trouble
Heating and plumbing technicians are working around the clock to keep homes warm and pipes unfrozen.
Plumbers say in most cases, the repairs are much more expensive than frost-proofing water lines before the freeze. Many homeowners are surprised when water stops flowing to their faucets.
One well owner shows News 13 an ice plug that cracked the water lines running to his house. The well cover was split months ago and allowed cold air to reach the lines. Plumbers say more insulation and replacing the well cover could have prevented this freeze-up.
Plumbers see other problems with plumbing in crawl spaces beneath homes. They advise homeowners to make sure foundation vents are closed and exposed pipes in the crawl space are insulated.
Furnace technicians are also working around the clock to repair breakdowns. They say a regular maintenance schedule can prevent unexpected shutdowns. That includes replacing air filters that can clog up and over-heat gas and oil furnaces and heat pumps. They say outside oil lines and filters should also be insulated to prevent fuel oil from flowing to the burner.
Plumbers and heating technicians say there's no substitute for yearly maintenance and inspection of water and furnace systems. They say proper insulation of all plumbing can reduce the threat of a flooded house.