Freezer pipes explode in Central Austin apartment complex
Many of the apartments were soaked and the entire complex had to turn off the water for hours. Amanda Ruiz of FOX 7 Austin has more on this and tips on how to keep pipes safe.
Austin, Texas – Freezing pipes exploded in central Texas due to the sub-zero temperatures. At an apartment complex in Central Austin, several units were soaked after this happened on Monday.
“I was lying in bed and just woke up and then the fire alarm went off. I opened my door and the entire complex rang, so I quickly put on as many layers as possible. I went outside and I saw a huge waterfall tumbling through these apartments, “said Ana Silverio.
Several frozen pipes burst in the Sabina Apartments in Central Austin on Monday morning.
“We saw people open their sliding doors and flush water to the side of the balcony. It seemed like the walls were quite soaked,” said Silverio.
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Silverio has been living in the Sabina Apartments for a few months, but luckily she was not affected.
“I was pretty scared because my apartment was right next to what was going on,” she said.
Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning has been based in Austin since 1999. CEO Brad Casebier says he has never seen the weather causing such big problems with the plumbing before.
“We have never seen anything like it. A year ago, six years ago, seven years ago it was pretty intense and did a lot of damage, but this one is sure to win,” he said.
Casebier says his business typically gets around 100 calls a day, but now it’s over 1,000.
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“A lot of heat pump systems don’t work for heating, the air stoves that have always worked just don’t work and then obviously a ton of just frozen pipes,” said Casebier.
Casebier says what happened at Sabina Apartments is happening all over central Texas so it’s important to prepare even if you haven’t been affected. “It’s getting colder tonight. And just because you survived last night doesn’t mean it won’t freeze tonight.”
The best advice Casebier tells you to avoid freezing your pipes is to cover your pipes and keep your faucets on a steady trickle. “In spite of the intense cold, the current can prevent icing from forming and ultimately settling.”
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If your pipes explode, Casebier says the water pipe needs to be shut down. In the Sabina Apartments, the residents were without water for a few hours. Fortunately, the water was turned on again.
“I’m not kidding. I know other parts of the country are probably used to this, but as you can see, Texas wasn’t prepared and was just hoping everyone else would stay safe,” said Silverio.
Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning offers virtual services for those who cannot physically get out. You can get more information on their website.