Monday, January 15, 2007

Cold Snap

"Honey, our pipes are frozen!"
This is not what I want to hear at 6:30 in the morning on a day after I got back at 11 p.m. the previous night. Worse, that day is a Saturday, a day of rest. Lately, the nights of Mendocino County have had temperatures drop to 19 degrees, causing people to realize that some their outdoor pipes might have been improperly insulated. One of the neighbors of a basketball player had a sprinkler pipe rupture. Another family down the road woke up to water running down the walls from their attic. Luckily, we only had a lack of water, not some mammoth flood (thank God). Three minutes on the only 12" section of pipe exposed on the outside with a hair dryer and the water poured forth with a mighty gush. I threw a towel around the pipe, let the water trickle a little at night, and no more Ice Age treatment from Mother Nature. My plants are a different story.......
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