Plumbing biz owner says extreme cold puts pipes in danger
A lot of people don't prepare for the cold weather, and hundreds wind up with flooded basements in the spring, according to a local business owner specializing in the trade.
Curt Johnson --owner of Action Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electric in Sun Prairie -- said a few easy steps of preparation can protect plumbing systems from frigid weather.
Johnson said most people put their garden hoses away for the winter, but many don't shut off the separate valve in their basement. He suggested turning off that valve, then allowing any leftover water to drain from the outside spigot.
If that water were to sit and freeze in the pipe, the pipe could burst and flood a basement when spring weather thaws it, Johnson said.