You do NOT want Frozen Pipes!!

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Late last night I went outside to take a break from writing and it was COLD!! I was watching the dogs run around the back yard and looking at the patches of yard where there is no grass and when I glanced over at the water faucet I thought about how cold last Winter was…in Texas, no doubt!

We live in a rental house and last Winter we had only been in the house for a few months when the temperature outside dropped to freezing overnight. When we were getting ready to leave the house, we could hear something like water running in the kitchen, but couldn’t really tell where it was coming from.

I stood at the sink and listened and then realized…we had frozen pipes outside and one had burst!!

You know when the faucet comes out of the side of the house (so you can hook up a water hose)…well that’s what broke.

We had the most beautiful ice garden outside…and the most horrific water bill the following month.

Luckily, I have a handy Dad who came over and replaced the faucet with a brand new one…and he even paid for all the pieces. πŸ˜‰

Comments

  1. Tammy Dalton says:

    That makes me happy it is Spring out so I don’t have to think about snow or ice or frigid weather. I get so sick of being cold!! My pipes used to freeze under the kitchen sink and while trying to warm up the pipes my ex (he wasn’t my ex at the time)started a fire under there. Good thing the fire extinguisher was right there!!

  2. Kelly A. Tanner says:

    This has happened to us! No fun at all!!

  3. Sarah L says:

    Yes, that’s a good thing to watch out for so you don’t get busted pipes.

  4. Pamela Halligan says:

    Thanks for the warning. I always leave it up to my husband each year to take care of winterizing the pipes, but maybe I should be more involved too.

  5. Greta says:

    That’s horrible! Luckily, I’ve never had that happen. Knock wood
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  6. Brooke scott says:

    I leave water dripping to avoid this.

  7. leenburke@yahoo.com says:

    Happened to me once a long time ago. We were living in a condo and the unit next to us was abandoned and no heat was turned on by the bank. One cold snap later and BAM! Frozen burst pipes!

  8. tami husak says:

    never a thing you want to happen.

  9. Jana Ricketts says:

    Hope I never have to deal with this! haha

  10. Living in Alabama we never know what kind of weather we’re going to have. So when James Spann says to drip the faucets, we listen! πŸ™‚
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  11. I have never dealt with frozen pipes, but I am always scared of it because our basement (it is not ours, it’s where we rent) is completely uninsulated and it gets cold as all heck here in Montana in the winter.
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  12. Elaine says:

    Thank goodness for our Dads. Mine is still kicking at 90 1/2.

    • janet says:

      Oh wow, that’s AWESOME!!

  13. Double yuck!

    I used to live in a mobile home in Michigan. Frozen pipes were always a big concern. I never had it happen though πŸ™‚

  14. Thankfully we do not have to worry about this in So Cal.
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  15. Gail Panacci says:

    Burst pipes are awful, and we’ve been fortunate enough not to have that happen in our current home.

  16. When the weather channel says below 40 degrees, I drip my pipes over night.
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  17. Jill A. Collins says:

    I’ve had first hand experience with frozen pipes, from breakage with water damage to just plain no water for a shower before work. It stinks! Luckily, we were able to use a combination of heat tape and a heat lamp in our well house to keep it from happening this year!

  18. Azslyn Cole says:

    I think it is great that your dad is so nice my dad is awesome like that too =} and i like to go outside to watch what the weather is like also especially when it snows and rains it’s quite a sight =}

  19. Miranda W says:

    The last time we had a problem with something like this it was my dad calling me to come and fix it. We had to completely redo his whole basement. Even the drywall had to be replaced. Everything was covered in mold.

  20. R Hicks says:

    Pipes will burst in super cold weather. In the rare occurrence of single digit temps around here, I will leave all faucets dripping to prevent it

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  21. Dianna Thomas says:

    oh my gosh– how I know how bad this is– I had a friend (also in Texas) Email me in a chat that the pipes in her little home just broke. She had no idea what to do–She had just buried her husband and she felt like her world was falling apart. I had to wake my husband to talk her threw what she had to do,until morning.That poor girl–I wish we could had been there more than just on a chat web–but after about 40 minutes –she got it in control. Long distance is no way in fixing things for other people–but it does work.

  22. Megan says:

    Oh no! I think that’s the worst thing about the strange weather over the last few years – houses aren’t built for some of the conditions they’ve been subjected to with the extreme cold in the south and extreme heat in the north.

  23. laura sullivan says:

    I can totally relate to this after living in Montana through some harsh winters, it’s terrible when the pipes freeze, a total nightmare, but when you have friends and family that help, it’s a blessing!

  24. Carrie W. says:

    We woke up one Michigan Christmas morning a couple years ago to cold water for our showers. My husband went down to check the water heater, and the little “basement” was filled with water, putting the pilot light out. My husband had turned the water off but later turned it back on for something and forgot to turn it off again, and the pipe burst. What an adventure!

  25. alena svetelska says:

    glad to know your dad was able to fix it

  26. Mary Ann Woods says:

    What would we do without dads??

  27. Devona Fryer says:

    I’ve never had to deal with frozen pipes. It’s a good thing you were able to get everything fixed ok.

  28. Lisa Burke Cook says:

    That is one thing..Knock on wood..that we haven’t had to deal with and hope I never Do!

  29. Amy Adams says:

    Just be thankful the pipe didn’t burst in a wall now that’s a story!! Glad you were able to catch it rather quickly!

  30. Betsy Rubendall Barnes says:

    We’ve had issues with frozen pipes. It’s the worst thing πŸ™‚

  31. Frozen pipes are the worst! I have had this happen as well.
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  32. Sharon says:

    yikes! No fun at all!

  33. We’ve had frozen pipes several times & you’re right. No fun!
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  34. Juli Guthrie says:

    We had a pipe burst this past winter outside and it sprayed water every where!

  35. Debbie Langley says:

    Thank God for handy dads. Thankful I have never had to deal with frozen pipes.

  36. michelle warner says:

    i live in florida so no frozen pipes here, sorry to hear that, thank god for handy family, that could have been very costly

  37. Emily Chipps says:

    Glad you had a dad that could fix it! Hope that never happens to me!

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