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Plumbers: Many homes aren't ready for 19º

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – As a Friday AM low of 19º looms, South Georgia Plumbers say this long period of freezing temperatures without much warm up has caused water pipe problems.

They have been busy servicing a lot of outdoor exposed pipes.

But experts say many South Georgia homes are not built to withstand this intense cold.

Sizemore Brothers Plumbing owner James Sizemore said, "No, if you've got these new houses, the pipes are in the attic. Usually they are under an insulation blanket. IF you can put an electric heater or something, open the attic vent to let some of that warm air flow up in that, just for this little emergency fast freeze."

Sizemore said the best way to protect your pipes with temperatures in the teens is to cut off your water and empty the pipes. If that's too much, leave faucets dripping, moving tap water at 68 degrees will keep them warm.

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