Remember to keep both cold and hot water dripping during these frigid temperatures
By WRCB Staff
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
For one Red Bank home owner, some of the pipes in his house were no match for the single digit temperatures overnight, along with the cold breezes.
He didn't want to appear on camera, but says when he woke up Thursday morning the cold water was running. But as far as the hot water there wasn't a drop so he called for help.
Randy Ewald of Scenic City Plumbing came to thaw the pipes after cutting through a wall. The home owner says he let the cold water drip overnight but because of lack of insulation in the walls, along with the old age of the home, this wasn't enough.
Ewald suggests you also leave the hot water drip, and keep the cabinets open under the sinks.
If your pipes still freeze and you don't have the know-how to thaw them yourself, Ewald says to call a plumber right away. Once the pipes thaw on their own, this is when they typically crack and burst, flooding your home.
Randy Ewald, plumber, "People just let them sit. Then, when they start thawing out and they hear them leaking in the walls or underneath the house, then they'll call us out. It's usually two days before, two days after that we're busy. We cross our fingers and hope that a lot of people run their water."
Ewald and the rest of the crew are on stand-by the next few days to help as many people as they can. But you can take the few easy steps he mentioned to reduce the chance that your pipes freeze as temperatures likely drop to the teens in many areas Thursday night.