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OKLAHOMA CITY – Freezing temperatures caused a lot of headaches for drivers and homeowners Monday morning across the metro.

Fire crews were called out to several locations across town for plumbing issues, including Founder’s Tower and 50 Penn Place.

As the cold temperatures continue, plumbing companies say they anticipate more broken pipes and other issues as it warms up.

Colin Frayser, with Cherokee Plumbing, said, “Once the pipes thaw out. If they have busted from the freezing weather, that’s when they’re going to notice a sound, a hissing sound or water on the floor.”

Cherokee Plumbing sees a lot of broken lines a day or two after a winter storm moves through.

They say ice expands and contracts, causing problems for homeowners.

He said, “The water expands, and when it freezes and PVC especially, it will just split. It will just bust.”

Frayser says a lot of PVC and copper pipes are used in older homes and are the most susceptible to the elements.

Frayser said, “Having your water shut off, not having access to water. It’s one of those things we don’t really miss it until we don’t already have it, and then we really miss it a lot.”

Modern homes are less at risk because they use a newer type of plumbing that doesn’t usually freeze.

He said, “You can kink it and heat it back up and it actually has a memory. This is about as good as it gets.”

Experts say broken pipes will soon lead to flooded floors.

If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you know how to turn off the water in your home.

If you already have a leak or suspect you might have a leak, you can get a meter key.

You can find those at the hardware store.

If you don’t have a meter key, you can just call the city.

Crews can come out and turn the water off for you.