LEXINGTON, Ky. — The effects of last weekend's winter storm surge are continuing to take a toll on water and heating systems across the Bluegrass.
With warmer temperatures, homes and businesses in Kentucky are experiencing issues with plumbing and HVAC systems.
“Once those pipes freeze, aside from getting a heat source on them, whether it’s a space heater, a hair dryer, anything like that, there’s not a ton you can do except monitor it.” Greenbox Customer Communications Manager Mac Cuff said.
Greenbox, the heating and air solution company, says that since the cold weather has hit, they have seen a 300% increase in plumbing and HVAC-related needs around the city.
Greenbox recommends regular maintenance of appliances and systems around homes and businesses during the winter. (Spectrum News 1/Sabriel Metcalf)
As the temperature gradually grows warmer, the company says people around Kentucky can expect frozen pipes to thaw rapidly. This could lead to heavy water pressure, causing pipes to burst.
Greenbox recommends that you routinely check both your home’s heating and water systems. “Before we get into more severe cold weather here, now make sure you’re doing maintenance.” Cuff explained.
Other helpful tips include leaving a water faucet dripping when temperatures drop below freezing and opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes. Greenbox also recommends changing furnace air-filters regularly during the winter months.