Wednesday, January 08, 2014

deeeeep freeeeeze

the swannanoa river is bigger than a creek. with this week's polar vortex bringing sub-zero (really) temperatures to asheville, the river froze over in parts.

there's a platform of ice along the bank.

thankfully today is back up into the balmy upper 30's and the ice is now chunking and flowing downstream.

many people were without power and many have burst pipes and flooding. we had a burst-scare yesterday afternoon when i turned the kitchen cold water faucet and nothing came out. frozen pipe! all other faucets in the house worked, so we knew it wasn't a main pipe, but the kitchen sink happens to be located DIRECTLY over my 1200 precious heirlooms (vintage clothing) stored on shelves. i strongly considered buying dozens of plastic bins and moving hundreds of pounds of clothing upstairs, just in case. for over 24 hours the pipe was frozen, but i just kept a sharp lookout/listen out and this afternoon it thawed. no burst, no flood, thank you baby jesus!

pouncey has two balls!


shudders said...

dog hockey with kibblepucks!

Anonymous said...

it's amazing how warm 30+ degrees can feel! -kidD

Anonymous said...

if you can locate the pipe and it is accessible run the hair dryer along it. It will thaw. I did that to the pipe in the family room in Crestwood and it worked fine.

skippy haha said...

@shudders - kibblepucks! like ken-l-ration burgers?

ken-l ration burger

@kidD einstein was onto something with the relativity! the high 40s yesterday felt like hawaii.

@AnonymousDAD - how clever of you to do this before the dawn of youtube! we saw that suggestion online but we could not figure out where the pipe was coming from. the rest of the house was still flowing. and another problem was that we didn't own a hair dryer! had to buy one yesterday on the advice of another youtube video about how to remove a dealer decal from the back of a car. use a hair dryer!

kevin's pathfinder is officially retired! hello subaru outback!

Jessica U said...

Oh I am so glad it didn't burst!!