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Pipes Beginning to Burst During Thaw

The good news is that temperatures are warming up a little big. The bad news is that pipes all over Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio are beginning to burst during the thaw.
"Thank God that there isn't any carpet in there, and it's linoleum. It did ruin about a $400 rug, but that's the least of my worries." - Gina
The good news is that temperatures are warming up a little big.  The bad news is that pipes all over Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio are beginning to burst during the thaw.

"Well, I walked in from work and seen about two inches in my laundry room of water and kind of panicked. I cannot take a shower, I cannot wash any clothing, I cannot use the restroom.  All of us have had to go to everybody else's houses to accommodate us."

Gina thought she was preventing this by leaving her water running, but after talking to Greg York with Plumbing Services, he says that while that works for an interior room, if a faucet is on an exterior wall, leaving the water on won't help and can actually cause additional problems.

"If your drain is along an exterior wall, chances are, if your water line is going to freeze, your drain is going to freeze."

That's what happened at Gina's house.  The drain froze in addition to the pipe burst.

"Keep your cabinet doors open, a little space heater sometimes ceramic style.  Certainly if there is cold air coming out of the wall, do not try to stuff insulation in there and block it.  You need the cold air to escape."

So why do pipes burst during a thaw?

"As people are frozen, they don't realize that they also have a split.  As soon as they get thawed out, the water starts to flow."

In Gina's case, she's thankful that there isn't more damage.

"Thank God that there isn't any carpet in there, and it's linoleum.  It did ruin about a $400 rug, but that's the least of my worries."

If you do try to thaw your pipes yourself, use a hairdryer, and contact a professional immediately if you see a leak.
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