Cold Weather Creates Expensive Problems For Homeowners

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

The bitter cold is creating some expensive problems for homeowners. Many are dealing with frozen pipes and broken furnaces.

"I have on a turtleneck, sweater, a scarf and my gloves," said Joy Thompson. She is all bundled up, but she's not preparing to go outside, this is for inside her own home. The reason, her furnace is broken.

"My guess, because it was running so much. It's been running all night and all day. We've had a lot of cold weather already." Plus, It's 15
years old, so now she has to pay thousands to replace it. "I just want to cry. It's a lot of money."

She isn't the only homeowner not having a good day because of the cold. "When we woke up and went to use the water, it was pretty obvious something was going on," said Allen Joy.

He had to call Burton to fix a pipe in his home after it froze, expanded, then broke. "We just have a split right there," said Jake Armstrong with Burton. Joy could possibly pay a few hundred dollars for the fix. "It's pretty terrible," he said.

It's enough money that many homeowners were heading to Ace Hardware hoping to avoid the problem by buying heat tape and pipe wrap. "You just run it along the pipe. You plug it in and you put the pipe wrap around that," said manager Kenny Clayton. But that will only help keep the pipes from freezing, it won't dethaw them.

Some tips to make sure your pipes don't crack. Make sure the pipes are in a heated and well insulated area. Also, run the faucet ever so often to keep the water moving.

As for the furnace, you can prolong the life of it by changing the filter monthly, and using the thicker filters.

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