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Acadiana endures frozen and burst pipes as cold snap continues

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LAFAYETTE -

Much of Acadiana hasn't been above freezing since New Year's Eve, so frozen and burst pipes are already an issue for some.

Rotor Rooter of Lafayette President & Owner, Byron Alleman, says a lot of people who are not getting running have called him asking what they should do. 

"Put a little heat around the problem area, a little enclosure, electric heater. Anything you can do to safely add heat, even a blow dryer sometimes works. Thaw the pipes out, see if you can get the water flowing, and if it flows outside of the pipes, then it's time to call us," explained Alleman

Other tips experts advise is shutting off your water from the main valve. Make sure you have a water in order to shut it off before you begin the thawing process. 

Also, open all faucets that are connected to the frozen line to relieve pressure.

It is important to note that many of the old raised houses you see around Acadiana were once designed to funnel cold wind up through the attic and out of the house, preventing frozen pipes. But now, because so many of the houses have central heating, they're sealed off, causing the cold air to circulate under the house and freezing the exposed pipes. 

To prevent frozen pipes from re-occurring at your home next year wrap all of your exposed water pipes in pipe insulation. 

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