As colder temperatures arrive, plumbers remind to keep pipes from freezing

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - With the cold temperatures coming in, plumbers are reminding people to make sure their pipes do not freeze.

Especially with pipes that are placed outside, experts say to double check their heat tape, and even turn the heat up a little higher than normal just to make sure. Sean Wade, a plumber with Master Plumbing, Heating & Air in Cedar Rapids said it may seem redundant, but they see people dealing with frozen pipes every year.

Wade said often times the remedies for these problems can vary from simple to more complex, and in some cases could leave homes without heat for a longer period of time.

"Sometimes you can thaw them out, sometimes it's easier to cut them out and replace them with new heat tape," Wade said. "Otherwise copper pipe, it can freeze- you can thaw it come spring, it may crack and spring a leak and we see that a lot, too."

Wade said despite the fact that some of those fixes are not as simple as others, homeowners should do their part and double check now to avoid being without heat later in the winter.