Thawing pipes could be worse than frozen pipes

Thawing pipes could be worse than frozen pipes

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 8:42 AM

BOISE -- According to a Boise insurance company, some disaster restoration companies are reporting two to four times the amount of frozen pipe claims as they've seen the last five years.

Frozen pipes are one issue, but thawing pipes could be worse.

"Typically what they'll see is the pipe will break and then it will freeze. That freeze is what they'll refer to as a plug, once we have a thaw, anywhere between 24 to 73 hours after the thaw, then the pipes will unfreeze and then they'll find out there's an actual break in a pipe. There's breaks right now in pipes that people don't know about," said Farmers Insurance Agent, Brent Holder.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold or have little to no insulation.

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe.

Click here for some winter heating tips from the Boise Fire Department.

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