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Local plumbers say frozen pipes "worst we've seen in 20 years"

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McFarland (WKOW)-- Frozen pipes have been a major concern in our area as local plumbers work nonstop to fix them. At Roto Rooter in McFarland nine service techs are running on fumes.

"The last two nights I've been out until midnight and you know, it's nice for the business, but we could use a break," service technician Wayne Brown says.

From homes, to businesses, to sewer lines, crews have been working nonstop for the last three weeks.

"I've been doing this 18 years and I've never seen anything like it. There's been cold snaps and little things would freeze and cause troubles, but nothing like what's going on right now," Brown says.

Other local plumbing companies are just as busy. Many say they're twice as busy this winter as they were last year. Customers who experience frozen pipes should expect to wait at least 1-3 days depending on the severity of your case.

Nearly 20 towns and villages in our area are still asking residents to run their water to prevent pipes from freezing. They include:

Cottage Grove
Village of Hazel Green
Prairie Du Sac
Sauk City
Sun Prairie
Town of Brooklyn

Each city and town has their own list of recommendations. To find out what the recommendations are where you live, click here.

Other home remedies include heating tape, pipe insulation and running a hair dryer over problem pipes to prevent them from freezing. Some plumbers also suggest dropping a little bit of rock salt down the toilet if your sewer pipes are known to freeze.

Area plumbers expect to stay busy at for at least another month. They started to see a light at the end of the tunnel when temps hit the mid-30's earlier this week, but that hope was destroyed once they saw forecasts saying temps will dip below zero next week.

"It's a little depressing. It's a little depressing, but it is what it is. It's going to warm up sooner or later," Brown says.

Area plumbers say the ground is frozen eight feet below the surface in some areas. They're urging home and business owners to monitor their pipes in the coming weeks. When the ground thaws, problems that were hidden most of the winter will start to emerge during the spring.

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