Eau Claire reminds people of frozen pipe dangers

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - As temperatures continue to drop below zero, the city of Eau Claire is warning people about pipes freezing.

The city's water mains are about eight feet below ground, but as temps stay below freezing, frost keeps getting closer, putting water pipes in danger according to city utilities administrator Jeff Pippenger.

He said pipes are freezing in people's homes and in the streets, which can be hard to prevent. He said some warning signs are low pressure, water discoloring and sputtering faucets. He said thawing frozen pipes can cost about $200 when it's in the street and more than $1,000 in a home and that although high temperatures have been back above zero, winter weather remains.

“We're not out of the woods yet. We typically on a historical pattern, we see most of our problems happen in late Feb. So with the frost as deep as it is, and the night time temps still getting below zero, it's going to be awhile before we get out of this. So if you see any of these problems, take some precaution,” Pippenger said.

Pippenger reminds people to use a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner exhaust to thaw pipes and not an open flame, to avoid starting a fire.

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