Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Cold Causes Main Breaks

It's a basic fact of science- when water freezes it expands.

That basic fact takes its toll on area water systems as this week's cold weather is damaging underground pipes...

The York Water Company says its problems started when the temperatures plunged. They've handled about eight major breaks in just the past week...

The York Water Company estimates that for every pipe break it handles, there are five to ten customers dealing with similar problems inside their home.

There are several things you can do to reduce your risk. First, insulate pipes running close to exterior walls of your home. Turn up the heat in your home. Also, allow the water to drip from faucets and turn off outside faucets. And beware of shallow pipes running from your home to an exterior building like a garage or shed
Water pipes are busting all over.