Preventing Frozen Pipes

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Crews from Wausau water have been busy lately. In just the past 48 hours they've received at least a half dozen calls from people dealing with burst pipes and meters.

Workers say most of them freeze or burst from one of two things; either someone hasn't sealed up their basement doors and windows, or the meter or pipe is hidden under a cabinet and isn't getting a direct heat source. Fixing them once they're broken can cost up to $200, so here's some expert advice to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Joe Gehin, director of Wausau Water & Sewage says, "First of all, they should check their basement. Make sure all the doors are closed, all the windows are tight, that there isn't a broken window. Make sure everything is sealed up."

It's also a good idea to keep a small trickle of water flowing through pipes overnight, or you could end up with no water in the morning. Crews we talked to say most burst pipes happen in rental homes and houses that are empty for the winter months. That's why experts say it's not a good idea to turn your heat completely off, even if you're gone for an extended period of time.