Broken pipes already an issue during Denver's deep freeze

Applewood Plumbing fielded over 400 calls Saturday

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The prolonged deep freeze in Denver is wreaking havoc on pipes. Applewood Plumbing had more than 400 calls for service Saturday alone.

And this is just the beginning. As things begin to thaw, the calls will really start coming in, says Applewood Plumbing. Pipes on exterior walls are the most susceptible to freezing.

That was the case for homeowner JP Moholt. He knew something was wrong when he got home on Friday.

"It was the sound of running water. It shouldn't be running, nobody's home," he said. "I ran downstairs and there was pooling water in the mechanical room."

It didn't take master plumber John Foster long to locate Moholt's problem.

"In this case it was a pretty big rupture in the pipe," said Foster. "It was frozen and broken right on the exterior wall."

Applewood Plumbing, for one, is open 7 days a week.

The advice of master plumbers everywhere remains the same: open cabinet doors under the sink to allow warm air in; keep your faucets running at a trickle and -- if you can -- resist the urge to turn down your thermostat to save money and instead turn up the heat a bit. It could save you thousands in water repairs.

"That does really work," said Foster.

If you suspect you have a broken pipe, but can't see the problem, Foster recommends you shut off the main water valve just to play it safe.