Indiana residents are dealing with the aftermath of the sub-zero temperatures that made their way across the state this week. The temperatures have caused more homeowners’ water pipes to burst than usual.
Bloomington utilities officials say they have responded to 20 cases so far this week.
Bloomington resident Mark Bell’s water pipes burst Wednesday, sending water spewing into his attic and living room.
“We lost about half of the ceiling in that room to an instantaneous collapse, which left about three feet of insulation on the floor,” said Bell.
Repairing the pipes will take several days and could cost thousands of dollars.
Water pipes often burst in winter, but the extremely low temperatures this week have caused more water lines to freeze than normal.
“We have been very busy in the last few days responding to numerous calls ranging from frozen pipes to frozen water lines,” John Callahan, the Bloomington Utilities Department spokesman, says. “We have had a couple of water main breaks that our transmission and distribution crews have responded to and fixed – so we have been very busy.”
Callahan says the most important step to prevent burst pipes is to let the water frequently run through the faucets.