And with more ups and downs in temperature heading our way, this could be a problem for more homes and businesses.
Bundling up in the cold weather is just as important for our pipes as it is for your skin.
David Specht, president of The Water Works said, “You put a windchill on a water line for a couple of minutes, you’re going to freeze it.”
And one way to layer them up is with insulation.
“It’s almost like frostbite. Frostbite can hit pipes and it freezes to ice instead of the skin. It doesn’t do it any good if you just cover most of the pipe, you’ve got to cover all of the pipe and all of the fittings, otherwise you’re still going to be at risk there,” Specht said.
Which was the problem at the Reynoldsburg Highs School’s Summit Campus where a 2 hour delay from cold temperatures turned into a day off school because of a burst pipe.
Kimberly Halley, Reynoldsburg Assistant Superintendent said, “The pipe that was running through that vestibule area, we found out is isolated at the top and the bottom. However, that cold wind and frigid temperatures must have gotten in some way through that middle section.”
Since water expands as it freezes, the ice can create a little crack which can end up costing you thousands of dollars.
“The little piercings that the ice has caused in the water lines, and that’s when we’re at much greater risk of the damage that the water line is going to cause than the cost of fixing a water line, the damages can be extraordinary,” Specht said.
A simple way to let heat in is by opening up cabinet doors. You should also turn on a steady stream of water in the sink so water it is moving and doesn’t freeze.
The pipe has been repaired, and since busted pipe was isolated to the entrance of the performing arts center, school will resume as normal tomorrow (January 23).