Cold weather and water pipes

Pipes burst from cold

With temperatures dipping into the teens, Don Maxwell said he wasn't surprised to wake up with no hot water.

"That's cold water. You turn it to hot and you have nothing," he said.

Maxwell's home uses a tankless water heater, something plumber John Busbee said was the reason for a lot of his business today.

"Today I've probably had seven or eight frozen pipes and water heaters not working. A majority of it has been water heaters specifically tankless water heaters that aren't firing right," said Busbee.

Busbee said, one thing people don't consider when installing pipes is the crawl spaces. Air underneath the house gets displaced by cold air blowing and tha'ts when pipes freeze. He said, the problems don't start to show until they thaw out.

Busbee said, "They'll have leaks. Typically people can hear a spraying that's good indicator, or people won't even know. So you need to check your meter. There's a little red dial on your water meter, and if it's spinning that means you've got water flowing somewhere in your house."

That's the first thing Maxwell worried about.
"My concern was did something break, or will it break? Will it spew all over my house or will it be a break that is that is under my house which I may never find and not realize," said Maxwell.

People tend to want to let water drip, but Busbee said that may not be the most effective.

"A drip's not sufficient. You want to let it run a bit, and run hot and cold water in extreme parts of the house. Drips aren't good enough you need to let it run a little bit," said Busbee

That's one precaution Maxwell didn't take.

He said, "No I'm afraid I didn't, but I will from now on."

The freezing temperatures are supposed to continue though out the night. Make sure you take precautions like running hot and cold water in extreme parts of your home.

If your pipes are frozen there's not much you can do until they are thawed, expect keep an eye on the situation.