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Plummeting temps wreak havoc for homeowners

A big problem people are seeing right now are issues with freezing and bursting pipes (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko) A big problem people are seeing right now are issues with freezing and bursting pipes (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The blistering cold is causing headaches for homeowners and business owners everywhere, and keeping plumbers very busy at the same time.
 
A big problem people are seeing right now are issues with freezing and bursting pipes.
 
"Something's wrong so we're going to figure out what we got to do to fix it.  They need their water,” said Adam Hanekamp, a plumber with
HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric.

Plumbers like Hanekamp have been pretty busy lately.  They've been busy making tons of house calls as phones have been ringing off the
hook for homeowners asking for help.
 
"All week we've been having calls of burst pipes and frozen pipes,” Hanekamp said.
 
FOX19 NOW followed Hanekamp on a call on Thursday.  The home we went to had a leak, but it was tough to tell at that time if the leak
was due to a pipe that burst, or if it was weather-related.  But, these are the types of calls inundating plumbers these days.
 
To keep from having to make one of those weather-related help calls, you can do a few simple things, including:
  • Checking your pipes for insulation.
  • Drip faucets overnight to keep water moving.
  • Check your water meter.  If it keeps moving and no water is running, you may have a leak.
  • Don't heat up frozen pipes.  This can cause them to expand and burst.  Let them thaw naturally.
"For the next couple days, or at least the next week, it's going to be prevalent.  We're going to get a lot of these calls,” Hanekamp
said.
 
Plenty of other calls for help are being made these days, especially on the roads.
 
"Our roadside rescue team has responded to well over 5,000 calls,” said Cheryl Parker, a spokesperson for AAA.
 
That's in the last week alone.
 
"Most of those calls have been related to the cold - dead batteries, flat tires,” Parker said.
 
All of those situations are easily preventable.  It's suggested you have your battery checked and tested, and have your car checked out
and maintained when the temps plummet.
 
"When the cold weather hits like it has, it really does a number on your vehicle,” Parker said.

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