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Dangerous temperatures could lead to dangerous frozen pipes

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Negative temperatures and dangerous wind chills are hoovering over eastern Iowa, meaning homeowners should be aware of the possibility of frozen pipes.

Last year many homes, businesses and apartment buildings experienced bursting pipes first hand.

"The concern that we have here is that our house is cool in spots," said Carol Sweeting, information coordinator for Iowa City Public Works. "Many people in Iowa City and the surrounding communities experienced the terrible cold."

Sweeting says you should constantly be aware of your water pipe temperatures especially the ones on the outside walls.

"When you feel the pipes, what you're looking for is whether or not they're cold," said Sweeting. "If you can go down [to your basement] without a sweater on and feel comfortable, you're in pretty good shape, but if you go down there and you're freezing well the pipes are freezing too."

The pipes close to concrete walls can easily freeze, even during an eight hour period while you're sleeping for the night.

Sweeting says you can place a piece of cardboard between the pipe and wall to help shield the pipes from freezing.

Claire Nunez, thought moving from Michigan eight years ago, she wouldn't have to think about the dangerous cold.

"My logic when I moved to Iowa was that since it's further south it would be less cold, but I was sadly mistaken," said Nunez. "First year I've lived in this house which is a little drafty, so I had to insulate my windows and go through that whole process and put up the plastic wrap and foam."

Sweeting says any air that seeps into your home from windows or cracks and potentially cause big problems.

She says it critically important to check your electric thermostat to make sure the batteries are strong. She says if you leave for a few days and the batteries go dead, your home will get cold and the pipes are likely to freeze.

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