Cedar Rapids Says Weather is Damaging Water Lines

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By Ellen Kurt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids is recommending some strategy for people in older homes who may deal with water line problems caused by the frigid weather.

The city's water division office says there's been an increase in homes with frozen water service lines, so people in homes older than 1970 should leave a faucet dripping slowly to prevent the line from freezing.

Water flowing through the pipe means it's less likely to freeze. The office recommends collecting the water and reusing it on plants or dish washing.

Officials say homes build before 1970 may have shallow water service lines that make them more susceptible to freezing. Homes built later follow city code that requires deeper lines.

A certified plumber should be contacted if a service line freezes.

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