A huge winter storm just settled in over my area of the country. The snow is so deep that the door pushes it when we open it to go outside. It has gotten so bad outside that we are just planning on staying in all weekend to avoid driving. I don’t really mind, though, because we are always running around and it would be nice to just stay in and relax for once. It is kind of like a mini vacation in our own home. My relaxation was disrupted suddenly, though, when the pipes in my bathroom froze solid. The bathroom pipes run along an exterior wall and apparently they got cold enough to freeze solid. I knew there was a danger of the ice expanding enough to burst my pipes, which was not something I wanted to deal with. I called the plumbing company that installed our bathroom fixtures and asked for their advice. They walked me through the steps to thaw my pipes safely and hopefully get hot water flowing again to the bathroom. Nothing ruins an in-home vacation like not being able to take a shower. Eventually I got the pipes thawed out and got water running again. I already have an appointment with the plumbing company to have them send a plumber out to check all my pipes for damage. Hopefully if there is anything leaking or broken the plumber can replace it before it becomes a bigger problem like a burst pipe. In the future I will do everything I can to prevent the pipes from freezing.

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