Pipe was frozen....

United States
January 17, 2009 8:58pm CST
Whelp we just had some excitement here.. and not in a good way... We had a frozen pipe to the bathroom sink... it thawed out and exploded in like 4 different directions.... Carl and I were scurrying around trying to contain it, calling the landlord,bail water, while grabbing up dry towels to get the floor that was flooded.... the maintenance guy got here and shut the water off outside... it is going to be long night,, he is coming back to change out the faucet tonight.. I just put on a fresh pot of coffee.... Ever have you faucet explode??? not fun....
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
18 Jan 09
fortunately, no
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• United States
18 Jan 09
I am glad that it never happened to you. It was a nightmare here for a while...
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I guess I've been lucky, I've actually had pipes freeze, but never explode.
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@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
18 Jan 09
Sorry to hear that this happened, it is good you both were home when it broke. Hope they fix it tonight.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Thanks so much Howard.. Very good point.. what a mess it could have been if we were not here... like out of town or something...... I feel blessed that we were Here..... It is fixed.. much faster then I thought it would be.....
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Oh, WOW! I have never had a pipe burst before. That is terrible. I hope you get it all fixed tonight before it gets too late.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
He is working on it pretty quick,, he i outside turning the water back on right now,.,. or at least he is trying too,, anyways...
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Our kitchen one freezes once in a while. It didn't this time thank goodness. I let it run a small trickle for the last couple of days, since it was so cold. I bet you really had a mess.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Hey louise! Yes! I have had that not so fun problem happen to me! What a mess! I hope you get that straightened out quick! It's a good think that it happened when you were home! It could have been alot worse if you guys were out! At least you got the water off pretty fast! That's always the worst when it gets cold like this and the pipes freeze up! I'm always afraid of it happening again! We had the radiator in the hall burst too! It was a mess! The hot water pipes burst and the water was boiling hot and we couldn't step down to even open the door! It took them forever to get here and turn the water off! The water kept rising until it was almost high enough to reach my apartment! That would have been a horror to have scalding water pouring into the apartment!
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
18 Jan 09
No, but my boiler had frozen pipes...several times...it ends up moving all over the place when the pressure drops and the water spurts out all over. It has set me back thousands of dollars. It now needs to be replaced but not until I add siding and insulation around all of the heating pipes.
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I have had them freeze, but never explode. I had pipes wrapped at one house. With an electrical thaw tape. We just added more foam pipe wrap in the basement here. We still leave water dripping in very extreme weather.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I have had that "pleasure" and you are right, it is not fun at all Amazing how fast the water comes out of the pipe when it breaks.
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Oh yes been there and done that,so now i always leave at least 3 of my faucet dripping or barely running,have had to do that forthe last 3 nights,we have had some awful cold weather.Good luck.
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
18 Jan 09
hello louise did your-all's landlord get there to fix your broken pipe problem? i sure hope so. and the way you worded your post was funny to me. i can picture the whole thing right now. well i hope that your pipe is fixed now. and no i haven't had a pipe explode like that before but i have had the toilet run over in the floor thou. like the other morning right before it was time to leave to go to work. lol boy was i ever over it. lol take care and have a beautiful day today!
• United States
18 Jan 09
well, it was kinda funny after the fact.. the way we were trying to scurry around.. I told Carl that we were like the Keystone cops..LOL Now my back is killing me.. I am home from Church,., but Carl went!
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
18 Jan 09
lol so sorry to hear about your back hurting you. you got a heating pad?
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• United States
18 Jan 09
I do have a heating pad,. I will be using it when I pop in a movie in a bit.
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@missybear (11395)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Wow what a mess that must have been. So far nothing like that happened to me. "Knock on Wood"
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Hmmmm.....This is funny because we were just talking to our friend Jeff at church this morning and he said he was tired out because he was up late into the morning hours because he was fixing a leak. He is a landlord and was called in to his apartments because of a burst pipe at midnight. He was going back this afternoon to finish working on it. We had our own experience with this in the fall. I even wrote a discussion about it! Not much fun, is it?
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• United States
18 Jan 09
Oh I am so sorry to hear about that...what a horrible situation. Our neighbor down the road must have had an experience similar to that as we had a road crew out last night on our street as someone had a water main break and our road filled up with water. Luckily it didnt affect our whole street, our all our water, just a single house but the water went down half the street. I hope it all got cleared up for you and that things are going better for you.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Ouch! I don't envy the mess you had to clean up. We've never had a pipe expand and break but our daughter did yesterday. She was home alone and heard a loud explosion. Went to the lower level of her house and water was all over one carpeted room. Her husband happened to come home right after this happened, turned off the water and cut the pipe out. Next he knocked down some drywall since it was all wet. He will fix it today. This house is only 2 years old so it can happen to even the newer homes also. It's my understanding that when it's extremely cold out and the pipes freeze there isn't a problem. It's when it warms up and the pipes expand they run the risk of busting.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Oh, man! I feel for you! I've been wondering when I'd hear someone talk about burst pipes, with all this sub-freezing weather we've been having across the country! I've never had that happen to me, personally, but I think it might happen to my son... very soon! His pipes have been frozen since Friday... absolutely no water into his house in ANY faucet! I told him to keep one faucet open so, whenever it thaws (which may be today, hopefully... supposed to go up to 40 deg. after hitting a low of 0 with a high of 16 for the past 2 days), the water will have some place to go. I HOPE his pipes don't burst... or that they haven't already. He hasn't seen any ice forming from under or around his house so that's a good sign! I did have a water heater explode once, though. Actually, it just started leaking... all over the basement! THAT was fun... probably as much fun as what you've just gone through. You just never seem to have enough dry towels at a time like that! But, at least your water is turned off so you won't have any more flooding... hopefully! Good luck to you and enjoy your new faucet once you have it installed!
@BarBaraPrz (21374)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
18 Jan 09
Funny you should ask... I was just considering whether to make a pity post about my own rotten plumbing. A friend came over and went to get some water and noticed a puddle on the floor... Hopefully, it's just the shut-off valve for the hot water supply, where it was leaking. I had to turn off the cold water supply to the water heater to get it to stop leaking. And then there's the actual faucet tap that needs a new cartridge on the cold-water side... heavy sigh.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Well I had a leak.....a bad one on a Sunday night. I called my ex and he came over and was going to turn the water off and twisted the whole valve off...the water shot across my basement...we had to get the emergency number for the city and have them track down a guy...who had to come and turn the water off in my yard before we could stop the water....what a mess! Hopefully by now your's is back in order!
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• United States
19 Jan 09
That's the first time it happened on it's own that I can remember. I did see a gadget on this old house that could stop that problem but I don't think we have enough plumbing in this place to attach it.
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
18 Jan 09
I never had a frozen pipe, but I lived in a place where the next building was empty and the pipes froze and caused a flood in the basement of over building, our water pipes in the streets are freezing and busting all over montreal right now.
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@Jimb0o (1)
18 Jan 09
Okk coooll hahaaaa
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