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Freezing temps lead to freezing pipes: One man's story

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Freezing temperatures can have a serious effect on your water supply.

A drafty window or crawl space can easily freeze pipes, and if that happens, you can expect at least a $3,000 water bill -- or more.

It can be a pretty awful situation. Just ask James Carr of Waterloo.

"We really didn't know what to do at first," he says.

Carr and his wife went 52 days last year without running water.

"That was really bad because I would go upstairs to try to turn my bathtub on to shower, but it wouldn't work," he said. "So I said, 'What's wrong with this now?'"

The city acknowledged the problem.

"Last year, we had some frost levels we have never seen before," says Waterloo Water Works employee Rick Wilberding. That impacted pipes.

Luckily, the Carr family had help, and now they know how to prevent the same thing from happening again.

"Basically, to check your water temperature, you simply open the cold (water) up and hold a thermometer under there," says Wilberding.

If the water reads below 40 degrees, leave a thin stream of water running.

Carr says he does that now, and he wishes he did before. 

"If I did know it would have definitely, definitely been on," Carr says.

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