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Frigid Temps Bring Concerns of Frozen Pipes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Among the major concerns in bitter cold weather is that pipes may freeze.

It’s a problem not only for homeowners, but for cities and towns as well.

The frigid temperatures are a problem in so many ways.

Obviously they’re dangerous to all of us who are outdoors, and if you’ve ever experienced a frozen water pipe in your home, you know what kind of damage that can cause.

The same goes for city buildings like city hall or schools.

City maintenance crews keep a close eye on all municipal buildings including school buildings like Springfield’s Central High School.

The holiday school vacation was extended by two days because of the snow.

While most school buildings are in some sort of use during vacations, the heating systems in all these buildings are checked to make sure the buildings are warm enough, so pipes don’t freeze.

With the brutally cold weather forecast for tonight, temperatures inside will be kept between 70 and 72 degrees.

“We’ll have to adjust the temperature settings in all those buildings, both the buildings being occupied and unoccupied. We’ll set the temperature higher to make sure the pipes don’t freeze,” explains Pete Krupczak, with Springfield buildings management.

Temperatures in school buildings can be set electronically through a computer.

Central High School is one of about 150 buildings that city maintenance crews will be keeping an eye on to prevent pipes from freezing as temperatures plummet,

Krupczak adds, “We’ll have staff in both the municipal and school buildings throughout the weekend coming in to check the buildings and make sure they don’t see any pipes or anything else structural wrong with the building.”

And while bitter cold is upon us, the recent snowfall could have been worse.

“The good thing about this snow is that it’s not a heavy snow, so we’re not anticipating any structural or roofing problems at this point, it’s just a matter of keeping the sidewalk clean and pipes from freezing,” Krupczak says.

So municipal buildings in Springfield will be kept warm during this frigid spell – all for preventative reasons – to keep water pipes from freezing and then bursting which can cause major damage,


  • TheScottishWeasel

    @Kristin: ask me over, I’ll warm things up for you.

  • TheScottishWeasel

    If you have a small problem area where it keeps freezing up, you can purchase a pipe warmer. It’s a wire that you wrap around the pipe, and plug it in. It keeps the pipe just warm enough to not freeze.