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Water Main Break in Old Louisville to Take 2-3 Days to Repair

Crews will need two to three days to repair a 20-inch water main that broke early Monday and caved in a section of Seventh Street between Magnolia and Hill streets, the Louisville Water Company said.There are no cost estimates yet for the repairs to the broken main and road, said Kelley Dearing Smith, a water company spokeswoman. The Louisville Water Company will cover the costs.Detours have been posted at the Old Louisville site. The main break left seven customers without water service. It's unclear how the main broke, but Dearing Smith provided tips to residents for protecting pipes in freezing weather:

Wrap up for winter Wrap exposed pipes with insulating material.  Pipes under kitchen sinks, in crawl spaces, near windows or in unheated basements are areas susceptible to freezing. Locate and tag the water shut-off valve The shut-off valve controls all of the water into your home.  If a pipe bursts, knowing the location of your shut-off valve and how to turn it off, can save valuable time and prevent water damage. The shut-off valve may be located in the basement, under the kitchen sink, in a utility closet, near the hot water heater or even under the house in a crawl space. Once you locate the main shut-off valve, mark it so you can locate it during an emergency.  Louisville Water offers free, water-proof identifiers that attach to the valve.  Customers can get the tags at Lousiville Water’s downtown office, 550 South Third Street. Make sure you have it covered If your house has a crawl space, cover the outside vents to prevent winter winds form entering and freezing pipes.  Keep the garage door closed if you have a slab foundation since some water pipes are located under concrete floors in the garage.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.