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Problems can arise with frozen pipes

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's the time of year when a lot of people are dealing with frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes can cost you a lot of money, and create a mess if you have a break.

Even a small crack can cause a lot of damage.

Aaron Smith, Servpro Production Manager, says he cleans up the mess and damage from a lot of frozen pipes this time of year, and he says the results can be devastating, "It doesn't take long to run five or six gallons a minute. You talk fifty gallons every ten minutes. That's a lot of water that can go through your home in a very short amount of time."

Smith adds that you might not even know you have a break in the line, because it happens from pressure buildup while the pipes are still frozen.

Once it thaws, things to watch for include water spots on drywall and ceilings, staining, and low water pressure.

He says insulation is the best prevention, but opening your cabinets helps, as can keeping a very light stream of water running.

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