LANSING -- Plumber Dan Boles has been busy checking homes for frozen pipes -- a major concern during one of the coldest weeks of the year.
"Throughout the night, when it gets real cold, gets below zero, and the water's not moving -- it's very likely that it'll freeze," Boles, who works for Michigan Plumbing, told News 10 Wednesday.
He says MP gets hundreds of frozen pipe emergencies a year -- and more than usual this winter -- some of which can do serious damage to a home, as the expanding ice can cause pipes to burst.
"It can do substantial damage -- tens of thousands of dollars' worth of damage," Boles said. "Dry wall, carpet -- everything's gotta be replaced."
He recommends leaving your cabinet doors open and running your water on especially cold nights to prevent your pipes from freezing.
And homeowners and plumbers weren't the only ones affected by the arctic air chilling the area.
Students at Murphy Elementary in Haslett and at schools across the state had tgo keep the boots off and stay inside for recess.
"If the temperature or the wind chill is below zero, they stay inside for recess," says Principal Diane Lindbert.
These second- through fourth-graders didn't seem to mind the indoor play-time, though they hope to not to have too many more -- with spring just a little more than a month away.
Additional Tips On Avoiding Frozen Pipes
-Make sure all windows are shut tightly
-Make sure all vents in the basement or other crawl spaces are also closed
-Re-insulate walls, if necessary