Cold welcome home as freezing temps burst pipes

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 9 at 6:29 PM

SEATTLE - The bone chilling weather is making for some cold homecomings as people discover pipes have frozen while they were at work, flooding their homes.

Laura Bobbitt says she's just happy she wasn’t home when the pipes in her Mountlake Terrace home burst. The ceiling in her kitchen came crashing down under the weight of countless gallons of water.

"I looked around when I got home and I couldn't believe how bad it was. This could have really been dangerous," she says.

Bobbitt’s television, computer and furniture along with a bunch of her son’s toys are ruined. She says she had no idea the pipes in her rental home were at risk.

"This is all just really stressful. I've had to move out with my son.  I don't know what to do."

It’s a similar story all across our area. Workers from Rescue Rooter plumbing received dozens of calls Wednesday. One home in Kenmore suffered thousands of dollars in damage because of the two most common mistakes made by homeowners - uninsulated pipes and hoses left hooked up outside.

Nick Snow of Rescue Rooter offers one simple tip – especially for people in homes more than 10 years old.

"Just turn one of your faucets on to a trickle, preferably the faucet furthest from the street. As long as water is running, the pipes can't completely freeze," he said.
 

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