First came the freeze, now comes the thaw. Local plumbers say that’s when most pipes burst, as temperatures begin to warm up.
“What happens is they (pipes) have already ruptured, in most cases during the freeze, but you don’t know about it until that ice inside decides to melt” says Dave Charvet with George Morlan Plumbing. And the next few days will be some of their busiest of the year as Portland begins to thaw out from some of the coldest weather of the year.
“It’s lots of panic, with lots of people coming in, not knowing what to do.” He says the most important thing to know at this point is to know where the main water shutoff point is at your house.
Temperatures, which have been in the teens, are expected to climb into the 40′s by the end of the week. Charvet says remember, the next time we get a deep freeze, some damage can be prevented by disconnecting the outside hoses from faucets and insulating outdoor pipes.
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