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Archive for Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cold causes pipe breaks, headaches

Damage ‘devastates’ resident

After returning with her family from a holiday vacation, Denise Correa found icicles hanging from her dining room ceiling and water line breaks in several parts of the house that she rents. Correa surveyed the damage and watched Monday as plumbers worked to repair the lines.

After returning with her family from a holiday vacation, Denise Correa found icicles hanging from her dining room ceiling and water line breaks in several parts of the house that she rents. Correa surveyed the damage and watched Monday as plumbers worked to repair the lines.

January 6, 2010

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Winter posing problems for pipes

The cold weather is bringing about some pipe problems for Lawrence residents. Several homes have had pipes burst and it's important to know how to keep your pipes safe. Enlarge video

While all northeast Kansas residents have started the New Year in below-freezing temperatures, west Lawrence resident Denise Correa started it off in a frozen home.

After returning home Sunday night from a five-day visit with friends in Colorado, Correa and her four children discovered that four pipes had burst in her house.

“I feel devastated,” Correa said. “I mean, it’s a lot of work to be done.”

During the time they were gone, Correa’s furnace stopped working, causing water in her pipes to freeze. Then the pipes burst.

Kastl Plumbing technician Terry Lewis was on the crew working on the house.

“There were icicles hanging from the chandelier and the ceiling had dropped on the floor, and there were several burst water lines, and so we just cut the water off and started replacing,” he said. “It was a mess.”

It was a mess Correa said she couldn’t have prevented.

“We left the heater on 70,” she said. “I mean, what else could I do?”

Correa does have one piece of advice for people who leave home during cold weather.

“Have someone come and watch your house, keep an eye on your house and make sure everything’s OK,” she said.

Lewis offered additional advice:

• Unscrew hoses so outside faucets don’t freeze.

• Leave cabinet doors under sinks open so heat from the house can warm pipes.

• Turn on a trickle of water to help prevent freezing.

• Don’t turn off your heat or turn down the thermostat too far.

• Don’t leave outside doors or windows open.

Comments

gccs14r 4 years, 3 months ago

If you turn the water off, you have to turn the water heater off, too.

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Pogo 4 years, 3 months ago

The reason for shutting the main water valve OFF when away from your abode during "balmy weather" is to prevent washing machine hoses which burst from flooding the area where the machine is.

Really.....it's cheap insurance to just turn the main water valve to "OFF" when you're gone from your place for more than a day or so. We find it very curious that neither the JW nor the plumbing outfit provided this simple "tip/suggestion".

We're very sorry the lady had to learn the hard way to shut that darn water off when you're gone for more than a day or two.......

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cj123 4 years, 3 months ago

I always figured it was the landlord's responsibilty! I hope she has insurance. It would be hard to come up with additional money while raising four kids!

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K_Verses_The_World 4 years, 3 months ago

Broken pipes, broken tools, People bending broken rules.

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TrooGrit 4 years, 3 months ago

Always live in Florida. Avoids all these complications. All the others are, of course, wrong.

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salad 4 years, 3 months ago

Pogo is correct: turn of your water when you leave. Also make sure you open the faucets to let the water trapped in the pipes drain out.

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Kash_Encarri 4 years, 3 months ago

cj123 (Anonymous) says… One nice thing about renting, your landlord pays for the water damage! I am sure it would have cost her alot!


Depends on how your lease is written. Either way I hope she has renters insurance.

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Shane Garrett 4 years, 3 months ago

Hey, that textured ceiling that fell in. Did anyone have it tested for asbestos???? How about the joint compound that is at the seams? How old is that house? pre 1978? If a construction crew was on site they need to know for worker safety.

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cj123 4 years, 3 months ago

One nice thing about renting, your landlord pays for the water damage! I am sure it would have cost her alot!

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senegal66025 4 years, 3 months ago

Please just let a pencil size stream of water flow from each faucet. This is easy and much cheaper than fixing damage from burst pipes. This is especially true if you have remodeled and enclosed water pipes in the ceiling or walls that originally were exposed. If we have -20 temps we are all "test pilots" as far as our pipes are concerned so run some water.

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gccs14r 4 years, 3 months ago

I didn't have to read that it has a pilotless furnace, I simply had to observe that the house was built with plastic drains, which makes it new enough to not have been built with a standing pilot furnace.

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Pogo 4 years, 3 months ago

ALWAYS shut off the main water supply when leaving your abode for any extended period of time....be it freezing weather or balmy outside. It's a simple preventive measure one can always take and quite typically the shut off valve is very easy to find, access, and move to the OFF position.....

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FatTony 4 years, 3 months ago

I'm pretty sure the story did not tell if she had a pilotless furnace or not but I would think even with a pilot if the pilot light goes out there is no heat which equals frozen pipes. So I guess you could say thats one disadvantage to a having a furnace with a pilot.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 3 months ago

"• Don’t leave outside doors or windows open."

Damn it. I knew I forgot something.

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feetup 4 years, 3 months ago

pipes froze in my downstairs shower the other night, i opend the faucets and it thawed without bursting. guess i was lucky and caught it in time.

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gccs14r 4 years, 3 months ago

That's one disadvantage to a pilotless furnace. If the igniter quits, no heat. If you're not there to know it quit, that's worse.

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Mister_Pink 4 years, 3 months ago

That's so stupid. Who ever heard of frozen water breaking a pipe made out of metal?

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Christine Pennewell Davis 4 years, 3 months ago

sorry for you, good luck with the clean up. Is the heater back on? Hope so to cold.

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