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November 6, 2011

a house is a house no matter how small

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 4:26 pm

The pipes froze last night. And a small house pipes willl cost as much as a big house. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


  1. I’ve been through this myself and its a tragedy. The oil ran out and we had a miserable cold night, but left for work in the morning after phoning the oil company to refill oil and restart heater. The first I heard of the frozen pipes was a phone call from the police telling me a neighbor had complained about water gushing out of the house.

    We had to replace walls, pipes, and deal with massive water damage. It was a disaster.

    If your willing you should look into having a temperature sensor and alarm setup. The temperature sensor can be wrapped around the pipes most vulnerable to freezing such as pipes in crawl spaces or under sinks. The alarm can also switch a relay that turns off the water supply to the house and avoids flooding once the pipes have frozen, broken, and start to thaw.

    In Europe its common to have piping in the interior space and not in walls. This makes it easier to repair and insulate. They are far less prone to freezing and deferred maintenance, too. It depends on local rules and whether you want to go this route. People hesitate due to appearances, but that can be handled.

    Let us know how your recovery on the pipes is going. Best of luck.

    Comment by Mike — November 6, 2011 @ 6:14 pm |Reply

  2. Thanks Mike. I appreciate it. I am going to get a temperature and alarm set up, particularly as I will be gone for most of the winter! I talked to our handyman/contractor about shutting the house down for the duration (with antifreeze in the pipes) and now I will also get the alarm rigged so my caretaker can take care of it 🙂

    Comment by accessahut — November 6, 2011 @ 9:50 pm |Reply

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