Pipes Begin Thawing, Problems Persist

Pipes Begin Thawing, Problems Persist

CREATED Jan 8, 2014

By Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As temperatures began climbing above freezing Wednesday, frozen pipes across the Mid-State started to thaw out creating even more problems for homeowners and businesses.

"The people with vents and stuff that don't have em' closed they're the one that are really having trouble," explained Andrew Carr with Ward Plumbing.

Carr spent his day trying to keep up with an onslaught of calls that haven't stopped since Monday, the skilled plumber has changed out more broken copper pipes than he can count.

"We're just not used to this kind of cold," he added.

Some tips to keep pipes from freezing:

  • 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.