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AKRON, Ohio – January has already been an extremely busy month for plumbers thanks to many frozen and busted pipes caused by the Polar Vortex.

“I think within a three-day period, we received 400 calls,” said Keith Miller, owner of Plumbing and Flooding 911, based in Norton.

With another arctic blast expected to settle over Northeast Ohio this week, plumbers are bracing for more emergency calls.

“When there are water lines on an outside wall, like a fixture on an outside wall, that’s going to be prone to freezing, so the biggest thing is to add some sort of heat source,” Miller said.

Insulation sleeves can be a solution because the protection should keep the the pipes warmer for a longer period of time. However, Miller said those are not foolproof.

“Insulation will protect it from being cold, but if it stays cold, that means it can still freeze. If it’s insulated, the insulation is just going to keep the cold in there longer,” he said.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5

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