How to keep your pipes from freezing, busting


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — The owner of a Kentwood building that houses a closed laundromat found out the hard way just how costly burst pipes can be: The bill's going to be about $40,000 when all is said and done.  

The problem was caused by this week's glacial temperatures, which are going to be a continuing problem: Storm Team 8 says it's going to be below freezing every day for the next week.

While the damage at the laundromat was in a commercial building, it could just as easily happen with the pipes in your home.

"If they're not wrapped, they'll just freeze. And once they freeze, the ice will expand the pipes and then break them. It's all downhill from there," said Brad Brown, a technician with Penning Plumbing and Heating, part of the crew working to fix pipes in the laundromat Friday.

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