we used a hair dryer and a "milk house heater" this am to thaw our exposed service pipes. will be heading to ace for pipe wrap after work. they also sell heated coils to wrap pipes with. another farm trick is that hay generates its own heat so if you have some just pile it up around your pipes (stay away from gas heaters, or any pilot lights duh). also leave a faucet dripping over night, standing water freezes faster....
heres some info from ward 6 on failed mains:
Today February 3, 2011, the Ward 6 office will be closing at 11:00 am. Overnight, one of our main water pipes burst and the office is without water until it is repaired. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Please also be aware of the following cold weather information:
1. Water disruptions
Tucson Water has released the following statement: “Cold Weather Affecting Tucson Water Customers
Cold overnight temperatures are affecting water service throughout the Tucson Water service area. According to Fernando Molina, Public Information Officer for Tucson Water, the extreme cold has caused electronic control instrumentation at various reservoir and booster sites to malfunction, automatically shutting down pumps. Over 1000 businesses and residences have been impacted throughout the early morning hours, as work crews are being sent out to reset electronic control systems to re-establish water service to affected areas. Areas affected as of 4:30 a.m. include Corona de Tucson, Diamond Bell Ranch.
Molina stated that the outages have kept crews busy all night, but so far none of the incidents have been the result of frozen water pipes at any Tucson Water facilities. While freezing temperatures have not frozen any Tucson Water pipes, it is possible that home plumbing may be affected by frozen or burst water lines. Customers can call 791-4133 to report water outages. However, this emergency phone number will not be fully staffed until 6:00 a.m. when regular shift employees arrive at work.”
2. Be Careful Out There
The media is reporting 1 death and over 4 serious injuries from exposure. Please be careful, dress warmly and limit your time in the elements today.
ps keep some bottled water about for flushing...brandy to stave off dehydration