POSTED: Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 12:09pm
Plumbers in Washington State are busy as an exceptionally cold winter has caused a big increase in frozen pipes. Alison Morrow reports.
(KING) A recent wave of winter weather in the Seattle area is causing water pipes to freeze.
While that's bad for homeowners and businesses, it's good for plumbers.
Plumber Peter Butzerin has been crawling under homes for days now.
That's because he's one of the many Seattle area plumbers flooded with calls about frozen pipes.
"Of course, we haven't even gotten to all the calls from the last freeze, all the places we had to cut and cap. So, we're really busy," Butzerin said.
Butzerin says that despite the cold weather many frozen and broken pipes can be avoided with a little insulation and a small space heater or blower dryer.
Plumbers say you should let your sink or tub drip water to prevent freezing.
Also, they expect another busy wave when the weather warms up in the coming days.
Pipes may bust from the cold - but people won't notice until the ice inside them melts.