Theres a lot of emergency work for plumbers right now due to freezing temps (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

There’s a lot of emergency work for plumbers right now due to freezing temps.

Winter advice from a plumber: ‘Know where to find the main shut-off valve’

If winter hits your plumbing system hard, whether it is a burst or frozen pipes, Ohio state president of the Plumbing, Heating and cooling Contractors Association Jim Haberek said you need to know how to turn off your water supply.

According to Ideastream.org, he said there’s a lot of emergency work for plumbers right now and it may take a professional contractor a little longer to reach customers in need.

But business now is double the norm. Haberek says some are experiencing a first-time freeze.

“They might have lived in the house 30 years, but it’s been so brutally cold for such a long time that’s there’s spots there that are getting cold and freezing up on ’em,” he said.

Frozen pipes expand, and that can make them leak or burst. If the supply isn’t shut off when the water starts flowing again, that can lead to flooding.

What do you do when winter starts getting hard on your plumbing? Check out a photo gallery from Contractor Magazine on to prevent a winter plumbing disaster.

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