Freezing temperatures could cause homeowners big headaches

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 31, 2014) – Plumbers urge Hoosiers to check the pipes in their homes now, as colder temperatures drop across central Indiana.

Jack Hope with Hope Plumbing said homeowners should follow some simple steps to avoid any issues later.

“Being ahead of it is the way to prevent this stuff,” Hope said.

Hope said frozen pipes can cause serious damage to homes like flooded basements and cracked pipes. Hope said Hoosiers could avoid thousands of dollars worth of damages with a little precaution.

“I think most of this is awareness, making sure that you have walked through your home or called the plumber that you use and ask them if there’s something that they should be looking out for or if they’ll come by and take a look,” Hope said.

Last year was a busy year for his company because of the extreme winter Hoosiers experienced.

“I’ve been doing this for a decade and (I’ve) never seen anything like the amount of freezes that we had last year,” Hope said.

There are two main steps people need to take now to help prevent their pipes from freezing. For example, people should disconnect any outside hoses. If you don’t, Hope said water cannot drain properly.

“I can’t tell you how many calls we go to in the spring where someone has forgotten to do this. They go to use their hose for the first in the spring and they find out that their basement is flooding with water,” Hope said.

The second step people should follow is turning faucets on that are against an outside wall.

“It doesn’t have to be a lot of water... but as long as it’s constantly moving that’s plenty of water to keep the pipes from freezing,” Hope said.

Hoosiers should check their basement, too. Hope said they should consider opening bathroom cabinets and using a fan to circulate warm air.

“The only cabinets you need to worry about are cabinets where there (is) piping coming up through the floor or out of the wall."