Busted Water Pipes Becoming Increasing Problem For Larger Buildings

Friday, February 4th 2011, 10:07 pm
By: News 9

Dana Hertneky, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Broken water pipes are becoming an increasingly large problem across the city as temperatures warm up, especially with churches, schools and other large buildings.

At Henderson Hills Baptist Church crews were cleaning up again Friday after a pipe burst for a second time this week.

It was a similar mess out at Stanley Hupfeld Academy where a broken pipe flooded a classroom.

And the same story at Ascension Lutheran Church in Del City when a pipe in a new addition broke.

Daniel Ice of Mullin Plumbing said busted pipes are a problem at large buildings all across town. The issue he said is newer buildings are now piped overhead, which makes them easier to work on. However, it also leaves them more exposed to cold weather.

"If a heater doesn't work or goes out, those are the pipes that are going to freeze and break because they're completely exposed," said Ice.

But at this point, Ice said, there's only one thing you can do to minimize damage.

"Right now you just need to know where your shut off valve is, if something does happen you an get the water off," he said.

That's good advice if you're a homeowner too: know where that shut off valve is in your home in case pipes do break. Also, if your pipes are frozen, keep faucets open anyway so the water has a place to go when they defrost.