As area remains in deep freeze, frozen pipes becomes increasingly common

According to FARGO – North Star Plumbing in Fargo, the phones ring around 7 a.m. and don’t stop all day. It is said that the small amount of snow on the ground puts more water pipes and pipes at risk, as the snow usually acts as insulation against the icy wind.

“This one is probably right up there with one of the worst,” said John Pruhlicka, a master plumber at NorthStar in Fargo.

Pruhlicka says while it is difficult to know how many calls are coming for frozen pipes, the lack of snow that can be insulated from the frost results in 10 to 15 more calls a day.

“The non-snow will lead to more freezes and more terrible conditions, especially when it comes to heating and installing,” said Pruhlicka.

He says mobile homes have been hit the hardest, but commercial plumber calls have also increased, and he expects calls to continue to increase as the frost on the ground reaches further down.

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“If these temperatures stay with us, it will go even lower,” said Pruhlicka. “I mean, we’re looking at 7 feet or below.”

Northstar says to keep your heat on at all times, even after you’ve been away for a few days, to prevent pipes from bursting. Mobile homes need to check the heating tape frequently to make sure it is working.

While private pipelines freeze, cities say they got the water flowing. The city of West Fargo said the aqueducts had no problems, but the city continues to monitor the frost while the negative temperatures persist.

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