Cold weather possibly caused sprinkler issue at Ridgeland BancorpSouth

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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) — Cold weather could be to blame for a sprinkler issue at the BancorpSouth in Ridgeland.

WJTV crews went to the location on Highland Colony Parkway and saw water gushing at the ATM drive-thru.

Ridgeland officials said this isn’t the first time their sprinkler systems burst because of cold weather from the weekend.

Ken Self, vice president of Hi-Tek Fire Sprinkler said this is not uncommon for pipes to bursts during the cold weather.

“The water will freeze in the pipe,” he said. “As the temperature warms up, the water will start flowing through the pipes and it’ll start leaking out through the fittings.”

Ridgeland Police said they responded two other locations during the weekend for broken sprinklers.

“It’s been incredibly busy. we’ve had close to 16 phone calls from people with broken sprinkler pipes,” Self said.

Self advises hose with inside systems, including homeowners, to set the thermostat to above freezing temperatures.

“When they cut the heat off,  the plumbing, the sprinkler system, everything is subject to freezing because the temperatures will dip down below. My advice is keep your heat on,” he said.


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