Thursday’s Mini-Melt, May Make Overnight Freezing Worse On Pipes – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Ordinarily the sight of sunshine thawing the ice would be a welcome sight for North Texans after the week we had. But in some cases more terrifying places lie ahead of us.

“Even if your water got power back and everything was fine, tonight we’re going to go down again and freeze again … it just might be too much for some of those pipes that have already been compromised,” he told David Crow by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

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Crow says Thursday’s small melt could increase your chances of a pipe burst on Friday.

“It absolutely increases the odds and increases the odds simply because of expansion and contraction,” said Crow.

Which means flooding can happen to you next like we’ve seen throughout the Metroplex.

India Hearne, owner of Whiskey Designs at Dallas Farmers Market, said her small business could have been ruined by a pipe that went off last night.

“A neighbor was walking by and water was just bubbling out the front door … he told me and I said, ‘Oh my god, I was just there!'” Hearne said. “I’m lucky. It could have been a lot worse.”

Many at home also have burst pipes.

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Christy DeMaio von Keller said her burst pipe in the attic flowed down two floors and damaged her entire house.

“[Water] just ran and ran. Mostly on the baseboards, ”DeMaio said.

In addition to housing damage across the metroplex, the city of Fort Worth said it has seen over 200 major water breaks since Sunday. So far they have repaired 104

“It’s always been 24/7 surgery for us, but it’s been 24/7 for a lot more people,” said Mary Gugliuzza, a Fort Worth water spokeswoman.

The fear is how much worse it will get when things melt.

Plumbers say there is a steady flow of water going through your faucets tonight, rather than just a drop.

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When you run out of water, use towels to keep your pipes warm.

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