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Repairmen blame frost levels for excessive frozen water pipes

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Frozen water pipes have created a big problem for homeowners and repairmen across the state.

General Manager of Stanley Steemer Wes Cooper said he has never seen anything like it.

"We got a list of over 200," he said.

"Trying to get to them as fast as we can. They just keep coming in faster than we can take care of them right now."

Cooper said his repairmen usually have about 5 to 10 calls for frozen water pipes each year, but right now he's experiencing almost a 2,000 percent increase in calls for problematic pipes.

He credits frost levels for the frozen pipes and said the frost is so deep it's hitting the water lines themselves.

"We've never been this busy," he said.

Cooper recommends people keep a trickle of water coming out of a faucet at all times, even when they're not home. He also recommends people unhook their garden hoses to minimize their risk for frozen water pipes.
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