The recent cold snap caused more problems than people needing to start the car sooner.
Water pipes have also caused an issue, with some cracking from the extreme cold.
Pat Wilson, Director of Water Works for the City of Regina, says most of the time it has been home owner pipes breaking.
“Typically those frozen lines were on the customer’s own portion of the infrastructure, so the city’s responsibility is to the valve that is in the front yard, so at the property line and then out to the street, that’s the city’s infrastructure,” Wilson says. “the line from the valve into the home belongs to the home owner.”
Wilson says people are finding the water lines froze and cracked before this week’s warm-up.
“Certainly there may be some locations where the line froze and then people don’t realize they have a burst line until after it warms up again,” Wilson says. “But more often than not, what we’re seeing is people calling us because water isn’t running in their home. They go to run the tap but nothing comes out because the line has frozen.”
With the extremely dry summer, the ground may have also separated from houses, causing a window for cold air to attack water pipes.
Wilson says to help with this, finding a way to heat the water pipe with a hair dryer or some other form of heat to warm the pipe to heat the pipe to prevent freezing.