As Thaw Approaches, Minimize Damage From Frozen Pipes

As temperatures rise above freezing Wednesday, plumbers across North Texas are bracing for a flood of calls about busted water pipes.

(Published Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

As temperatures rise above freezing Wednesday, plumbers across North Texas are bracing for a flood of calls about busted water pipes.

“There’s not a whole lot you can do now except wait, unfortunately,” said Jamie Wooldridge, President of Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical in Southlake.

Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

Many homeowners already know they have frozen water pipes, and some have already started leaking.

“All these pipes were within three to four foot from the side wall, and yeah, they’re freezing up on us,” said Berkeys Jeff Sims, who responded to a call Tuesday morning from a homeowner in Grapevine whose furnace went out, leading to even bigger problems.

“He turned the water off cause he had a busted pipe,” said Sims. “Now with the temperatures were they are, his whole plumbing system, water system is froze up.”

Frozen pipes often burst once they start to thaw out as water pressure begin to build, but there’s still time to protect other pipes from freezing.

Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

“The thing you really want to try to do is really protect pipes that are on the outer walls or exposed,” said Wooldridge. “So a couple things you can do is obviously keep the heat on in the house, crack cabinets, keep cabinet doors cracked and if you’ve got a real susceptible area that you might leave a faucet dripping.”

“The most important thing is to leave the faucets dripping," said Sims. “Open all their cabinets and expose it to the heat in their home.”

You’ll know you have a problem if you open a faucet and nothing comes out.

In that case, know how to shut off water to the house if the frozen pipe bursts, and keep the number of a good plumber handy.

Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
No word on any injuries.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)