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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:34 pm    Post subject: Monday 27th December 2010  Reply with quote

Everything is thawing really fast.The main road is black and the side roads are nearly there.The snow has also gone from the roofs.Several neighbour's gutters are hanging off.The huge mounds of snow that have been piled up everywhere will take longer to shift.Bet there will be a few burst pipes showing themselves today.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was woken up every couple of hours overnight by slabs of snow sliding down the roof - one has just slide down as I type
All the taps are now working again, and the toilet fills again. Am on the lookout for signs of leaks.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yup. Had to dig cat flap out again from all the snow falling off the roof.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rumble rumble rumble swoosh there goes another lot off the roof....
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, I was up in the loft of the bothy this morning checking pipes and the like.  Thankfully, no obvious damage.

Last year, a burst took out half the living room and the bathroom and I don't want that to happen again.  Oddly, it wasn't the -15C nights that caused it.  It was a mere -9C with a strong wind.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep - we had a burst pipe in the utility room. The plumber has done a temp fix by terminating the offending pipe as the actual leak is under a tiled floor under floor-to-ceiling units - he will come back later in January to try an alternative route for the pipes.

He did say that the frozen section was most likely near an air vent to the under floor (building regs requirement) as the wind chill factor can cause freezing - which might explain pete-in-the-hills freeze too.

It seems that our house buildings insurance will probably cover it although I've only spoken to their out of hours service so far, need to wait till tomorrow for definitive answer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had the same problem in the first big freeze of winter - the icy wind blowing through the air vents froze the hot water pipes for days.

On the advice of our plumber, we've now cut boards to fit over the air vents near the pipes (just propped up, and covered if possible with banked-up snow). We're also leaving the kitchen cupboard doors open, so any heat from the kitchen gets closer to the pipes. Don't want to jinx things, but it seems to have worked so far!

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