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Frozen Pipes Cause Problems for Homeowners

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Deep frost is causing problems not only underground, but also above.

Courtney Plante has the story.

"Just the little things. I always try to flush the toilet, it doesn't flush. I try to turn on the tap, it won't turn on," said Denille O'Regan.

 

Frozen pipes have left the O'Regans without water for two weeks -- and it will be that way for awhile.

The pipes can't be fixed until the ground thaws in Spring -- so they do a lot of adjusting in their daily routines.

"We're spoiled. Once we don't have something it's kind of challenging. But we've been doing ok getting water from the grocery store or friends," said Jeanine O'Regan.

The O'Regans aren't the only ones waiting for Spring. The public works department has received 40-50 calls from homeowners with frozen pipes -- and most of those have been in just the last couple of months.

"We have probably in a normal winter a handful of calls over the course of the winter of people who have pipes frozen up, but this year it's probably 5-10 times that," said Keith Demke, Director of Utility Operations.

Demke says anytime the water just sits for an extended period of time it has the potential to freeze.

There are some contractors that can thaw frozen pipes -- but it's not the ideal way to fix it.

Instead the O'Regans keep jugs of water in the kitchen to cook and wash dishes -- paper plates and bowls have become a necessity.

Water is also kept in the bathroom for brushing teeth and flushing.

"Brushing my teeth just bothers me really bad cause I have to dump the water on my toothbrush, rinse out the spit. It's annoying," said Denille O'Regan.

Reporting in Bismarck for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante

For information on preventing and thawing frozen pipes visit bismarck.org/civicalerts.

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