Frozen pipe problems draining your wallet? What you can do…

Posted at 6:05 AM, Feb 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 23:16:58-05


GRAND RAPIDS,Mich. --  Sub-zero temperatures outside are having an impact on pipe work inside many homes. Some homeowners are left with frozen pipes and parts of their homes flooded, which can drain your wallet.

Nicholas Fields is a contractor at Affordable Plumbing and Water Restoration in Grand Rapids, and he says plumbers there have been working 12-13 hours a day.

"I had an elderly woman call me about 9 last night. She was in tears: she had water flooding her entire basement", says Fields. He was able to fix the problem, but the it cost the homeowner nearly $500.

Here are some tips to prevent your pipes from freezing:

  • "Definitely keep the heat up in your home you want it to be at least above 60."
  • "Insulate the pipes. that is one of the best things you can do."
  • "If you live in a trailer or have a basement that is very cold, get some heat tape."