RICHMOND (WRIC) - The cold temperatures have caused some major problems for homeowners who have been left to deal with pipes that have busted after freezing.
David Turner with RJ Tilley Plumbing & Heating has been busy over the past few days. He's responded to numerous calls of busted pipes. And as temperatures climb back up, they expect to be even busier.
"A lot of times they'll freeze and not even bust and until it thaws out, you don't really know what kind of damage it may have done," he says.
When water flowing through pipes freezes, the ice expands and has nowhere to go
"Whether it be a plastic pipe or a copper pipe, eventually it's going to give at some point."
Turner says to protect the pipes from the wind by insulating them or shutting water off if they aren't being used is the best way to keep this from happening.
"If you can keep that wind off it, you can usually keep it warm."
Mackenzie Weiss spent her Tuesday night cleaning up water after a pipe in her shower busted open.
"All of a sudden I heard some banging and then shhhhhhhh. And I was like that can't be normal," she says. "Turns out there's a fake wall behind it and it wasn't insulated correctly and the pipe froze and blew here and was just spraying water all over."
"Going to the garage....and showing you last night... the damage was just here... and the water was just leaking all out of the light fixture there and when I came home today, I realized it had really gone down all the way the entire length of the room."
Weiss says now she has to figure out just how much damage all that water caused.
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