KNOXVILLE (WATE) – One cold wave just ended in East Tennessee, but local plumbers are already busy helping homeowners get ready for the next one.
Some say they have received a lot of calls from homeowners scared their pipes may burst. The last freeze caused plumbing disasters in schools, businesses and homes.
Homeowner Erin Hendrix was one victim.
"When the polar vortex came down, we had several frozen pipes. I had to shut my water off for two days. We had one pipe burst," Hendrix said.
For her, that last incident caused enough headache for her to call her plumber to her home ahead of the next round of cold weather.
The Hendrix household is far from the only one that got a good scare from the last freeze.Jeff Petree with Scott's Plumbing Inc. said he spoke with a lot of people who experienced frozen and burst pipes during the last cold snap and want to make sure that doesn't happen to them again.
If you decide to insulate pipes on your own, experts say pay careful attention to the gaps and cracks in the insulation. Also, work on covering up any outdoor spigot, or vents that could trickle cold air on to your pipes.
Petree says residents should also know how to turn off the main water supply to the house. He says many of the calls they receive are from people just trying to stop the water from gushing out.
So knowing how to do that could save you some stress.
Lastly, don't forget to run your faucets regularly when it gets cold.