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Weather could create hidden home damage

 MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As the temperature starts to warm up, you could actually find more damage done to your home from the overnight chill.

“You can have a pipe broken and split and frozen, and not notice it until it thaws,” explained Matt Williamson with Mr. Rooter Plumbing. He said the ice in the pipes could actually prevent the water from flooding out.

Other hidden home repairs include damage done during last year's ice storm.

“A pipe can freeze and not burst but can be considerably weakened during that process,” said Williamson.

He compared a stretching pipe to a plastic bag; you can push your fist through the bag, stretching the material like ice may stretch a pipe. However, the bag won't bounce back into its original shape, just like a pipe will remain stretched out, thin and weak.

The design of the home could also put the plumbing at risk. 

“If you're in a mobile home or where most of the fixtures are exposed, you should let that faucet drip,” suggested Williamson.

Plumbers point out homes built up on stilts also expose plumbing to colder weather. 

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