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Flooding Common After Winter Freezes Sprinkler Pipes

Flooding Common After Winter Freezes Sprinkler Pipes

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Samantha Hayes ReportingThis time of year there's a common problem keeping plumbers busy -- flooding. But it's not heavy rain. It's broken pipes, and often times an expensive mistake homeowners could have avoided.

The water being sucked out of Forrest Hale's carpets was supposed to go on the yard.

"So I laid the hose on the lawn because it was getting really dry. About an hour later a renter said, ‘My room is flooded.' It probably ran for an hour before they discovered the water," Hale says it got into the house because of a broken pipe.

That was never supposed to happen. Hale thought he made sure of that. "The frustrating part of it is BYU required me to put this anti-siphon device on the faucet, but the plumber tells me this faucet already has one and all this additional one did was hold moisture in this freeze-protected faucet through the winter and caused it to freeze up and burst."

The same thing can happen if a sprinkler system is left on. Both are common problems for homeowners in the spring.

Plumber Ryan Brinkerhoff said, "Extremely common for the most part. I'd say at least half of our work this time of year is frozen pipes like that where people are turning it on for the first time of the year."

Brinkerhoff says you should always disconnect a hose from the outside faucet over the winter and drain and turn off your sprinkler system. In the spring, when you turn it back on, walk around and check out the system so if it does start flooding you catch it in time.

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