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Commission Looks At Fixing Frozen Pipes

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Frozen water lines are no surprise during a North Dakota winter. What can be surprising is who has to pay for it. But a proposed repair policy could save residents a little money.

The repair policy in Bismarck is for the city to cover the cost of fixing a broken line. However, if it only needs to be thawed, homeowners have to pay. But at last night's city commission meeting, commissioners talked about helping homeowners with the cost of thawing pipes, to help prevent a break, which is more expensive to fix.

The proposed policy would cover half of the thawing cost, that is up to $1,000. Residents would be responsible for hiring a contractor, and then submitting the receipt to the city for reimbursement.
   
"If you're going to fix it if it breaks which is far more costly in general not always, but in general to repair it would make sense that we might want to provide some aid and perhaps save some of those costs in doing some unthawing that might prevent other breaks," says Commissioner Josh Askvig.

Commissioners are looking into the number of homes affected and possible costs before finalizing a repair policy.

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