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Preventing pipes from freezing, bursting


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – On days when the temperature is below zero and it's very windy, one plumber said people should take extra steps to care for their pipes.

Doug Buchner, owner of Buchner Brothers Plumbing, said when cold wind blows into the cracks of a house's foundation, it begins to freeze the walls and crawl spaces.

That makes the pipes more likely to freeze and burst.

If the pipes are frozen, shut off the water, let the pipes thaw, then see if any of the pipes are broken.

"If you have a drippy faucet or a continually running toilet or whatever, it can fill a pipe… with ice. The whole thing will fill up and freeze with ice," Buchner said."

Buchner said another tip is to pile snow around a house's foundation to seal off any openings.

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