Pipes Continue to Freeze, Burst Across Middle Tennessee
by Chris Conte
NASVHILLE, Tenn. - As an arctic cold front loosened it's grip on Nashville, temperatures well below freezing still kept plumbers busy Tuesday and they say the worst is yet to come.
"It's super cold and it's not going to get any better," explained Wallace Jackson who works as a plumber for Holt Plumbing.
Jackson said as soon as water starts sitting in pipes, it can freeze up then expand back up into your home. Metro fire fighters, in addition to plumbers, were fielding an onslaught on calls Tuesday from homeowners and businesses literally being flooded when pipes gave out.
"You want to have a steady stream going in your faucet all night long about the size of a pencil and it needs to go for as long as the temperature is below freezing," he added.
More problematic though, will be the days to come when the temperatures rises above freezing and pipes start thawing out, putting even more pressure on pipes already stressed.
Other tips include:
- In addition to sealing off the crawl space, disconnect any garden hoses that may still be outside.
- If you have a sink that backs up to an outer wall, like in your kitchen, open the cabinets underneath it so you can let warm air in.
- Leave your pipes dripping so water will continue to run. Stagnant water has a better chance of freezing in place.
- If your pipes do freeze up, do not use a blow torch to try and thaw them. Use a hair dryer.
- The biggest cause of problem will be from any vents being open under your house.