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  • Frozen Pipes a Persistent Problem as Cold Winds Chill Homes

    It has been a busy week for plumbers with many people waking up or coming home to frozen pipes.

    Chris Gushue, an advanced piping instructor with UA Local 740, says chilly wind is the biggest culprit, and it doesn’t affect just the outside pipes. He says it’s important that the homeowner and everybody in the home know where the main water shut-off is.

    Gushue says applying insulation is the best way to protect pipes from the cold wind.

    He says to scope out the house around the outside, and use foam insulation in cracks and crevices to keep the wind out.

    Gushue says it’s not only older houses which are subject to frozen pipes—it happens in new homes too.

    Gushue says if dryer exhausts and lawn services which are stubbed out through the house aren’t sealed properly, then draft will find its way in. He has seen frozen pipes 15 to 20 feet into the house.

    Warmer Days Ahead

    The province is finally going to see a warming trend early in the week with a moderate mid-winter snowfall, the first in some time for many parts of the island.

    It has been bone-chilling cold with the province experiencing some of the coldest temperatures and wind chills in years. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says demand peaked at 1785 MW on the island Wednesday night. The utility, which generates most of the electricity consumed in the province, says it has plenty of reserves with over 2000 MW.

    PAL Airlines and Aerospace Meteorologist Brian Walsh says Monday’s system will see temperatures climb back up to near zero.

    Most areas will see 10-15 cm, perhaps 20—not a major system by any means.

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