Avoiding cold-related plumbing problems

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DENVER -- The extended cold snap could create hazards inside your home because your pipes could freeze and then burst causing an expensive mess for you to clean-up.

Jeff Keck's has already made several house calls on Thursday because of the single digit temperatures and he doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon.

"As far as I know the plumbing we're booked all night, so we are going to be rolling all night getting people thawed out," said Jeff Keck, who works for Done Plumbing.

Colton Becker and his college friends are next on the list. They rent a house in Golden.

Becker admits it's partly his fault.

"This morning I forgot to leave a drip in the line, so that water would continue to flow through," said Colton Becker, dealing with frozen pipes.

Jeff says it's something many homeowners didn't do during these freezing temperatures...

"Some of it's out-of-towners and for others, it's equipment failure," Keck said.

It's been good business for Done Plumbing. Jeff said he's been using his electrical box to thaw out homes all day.

"It sends an electrical current between the two points. What it does is it heats up the water in there until it gets thawed," said Keck.

With half the house's hot water frozen, Jeff has his work cut out for him.

"It's not too bad, but I am running into some problems with getting all the labs to pop open at the same time," Keck said.

Becker, a typical college kid, said he's looking forward to having hot water again.

"I mean, I like taking a couple of showers now and then," Becker said.

And within a few minutes, Jeff got the water back on.

"Like I tell everyone, I am a winner. I am always winning," said Keck.

Keck said you can prevent frozen pipes in your home for the most part.

He said that when the temperatures drop, you should allow for a little water to drip from your faucet and also keep the cabinet doors open underneath your sinks to let in the heat.

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