Running around in the Cold
By andria perry
January 2, 2018 8:39pm CST
Today was insanely crazy cold and I got all types of bad news. And I seen something I did not want to see. I stopped and got my sister after I paid a few bills and stopped at the post office, she needed to pay a bill and get some sweets for her house. I also had to get a new concealed to carry permit so on the way I looked at the house I am selling and OMG! From under the house, the crawl space door, was a huge frozen pile of ice. It looked like after the pipe busted that the spray in the air froze, it actually looked cool, but not so much as far as no water. Tony told her to cover those pipes months ago. Then as I was dropping off my sister another tenant told me her water is frozen! BUT I do not have to fix it because of the clause in the lease, she has to make sure she leaves the water on when we have a deep freeze and if they do not and allow the pipes to freeze, they have to hire the plumber. She was clearing the plumber with me. She also old me her ex that is buying a house from me too allowed his water to freeze yesterday but I know he will fix his own pipes. People in Alabama is not used to this deep freeze, why? we usually only have this one week of the winter. I still have my water running in a tiny stream, I would rather pay a few dollars more on the water bill than to do without water a week and have to crawl under the house in the cold water to fix pipes. A week of letting the facets run. How to you keep your pipes from freezing and busting?
18 people like this
• United States
We keep a drip of water running to keep the pipes from freezing. My classroom was a fresh hot mess today. If it is again tomorrow, it will be awful. I can't survive 2 super-freezing days. My asthma will kill me. Straight into the ER.
• United States
Living in Southern CA, we never have to deal with this. I always dream about living in a beautiful snow area - but I know it's a whole 'nother thing to actually have to live with a frozen winter daily. I would have absolutely no clue what to do with frozen pipes - preparation wouldn't even cross my mind!!
• United States
@andriaperry I'll bet the people who don't know also don't realize how serious this is. A busted pipe even without the freeze is bad enough! Are you supposed to let water run continuously? We are in a drought here - people would freak if we had to let water run all the time (fearing the water bill!).
I'm not the person to ask about pipes because up here in Canada you can buy homes that don't have anything besides a foundation, but we've always bought homes with a basement because that way the pipes are enclosed in a warm setting and you have less of a chance of them freezing. I hope that this cold snap breaks, you people down there are not used to this......you need a little more warmth sent your way!
• Anniston, Alabama
I pass through many nice neighborhoods yesterday and there was this really fancy house with water spray in the front yard, another pretty ice mound. No matter if the house is 100 years old or newly built , 9 degrees will freeze the pipes around here.