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Frigid, below-freezing temps can damage pipes

Sunday, January 10, 2010

By Leonna Heuring

leonnah@standard-democrat.com

SIKESTON -- Below-freezing temperatures aren't only a sign to turn up the heat; they're also a sign to protect a home's water lines.

"If air hits the pipes, it's going to freeze the pipes," said George Pulliam of Professional Plumbing in Sikeston.

On Friday, Pulliam was working on his sixth case of frozen water pipes -- a common and potentially dangerous problem during extended freezing temperatures.

"The cold air freezes the (water in the) pipes solid. The ice expands and busts your pipes," Pulliam said.

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