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Old 01-08-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Cinco Dinero
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Ours busted... they were busting up and down the neighborhood...geysers into the air... (the main pipe that comes out from the ground) Thankfully I was home on a lazy day off

Yes the pipe was wrapped. What I should have done (apparently) was close off the city water line and "open up" the little valves on the side to let it drain empty.

Live an learn...
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:43 PM
 
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Pipes burst when water freezes then defrosts in them shocker!!!!!!
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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Ours busted... they were busting up and down the neighborhood...geysers into the air... (the main pipe that comes out from the ground) Thankfully I was home on a lazy day off

Yes the pipe was wrapped. What I should have done (apparently) was close off the city water line and "open up" the little valves on the side to let it drain empty.

Live an learn...
Up and down the street here as well except our builder had some type of protective cap just in case it were to happen. It busted and water spewed everywhere. Three of us at one time. Crazy! Oh and ours were wrapped as well.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:52 AM
 
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ummm... brown water coming out of the taps this morning. Gross! What does this mean? Has a pipe burst underground? help!
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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ummm... brown water coming out of the taps this morning. Gross! What does this mean? Has a pipe burst underground? help!

water main burst somewhere.

So far so good around here. I do see where a few valves in the esplanades have started to leak...but that happens in 100 degrees too.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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We have no water this morning...ugh.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Wow...I thought this 'wrap the pipes' issue was more hype than reality. Didnt expect so many people to have problems.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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ummm... brown water coming out of the taps this morning. Gross! What does this mean? Has a pipe burst underground? help!
The valves that are freezing and breaking all over town are the backflow preventers ( anti-siphon devices ) that are required on irrigation systems to prevent contaminated water from being drawn back into the clean water supply. That brown water is probably due to a broken main and/or a backflow issue. Either way, it sucks under the current weather circumstances.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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There was a segment on the news last night about this...all you really need to do next time is to wrap these parts in a few old towels. I saw several driveways with water flowing from them yesterday morning.



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The valves that are freezing and breaking all over town are the backflow preventers ( anti-siphon devices ) that are required on irrigation systems to prevent contaminated water from being drawn back into the clean water supply. That brown water is probably due to a broken main and/or a backflow issue. Either way, it sucks under the current weather circumstances.
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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We have no water this morning...ugh.
Now that it has warmed up some, the water is flowing. Yay!
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