How Not to Find Yourself Up Sh*t Creek This Winter

Game on!

What passes for winter here is majorly upon us and we must take measures. Undoubtedly that comes as little surprise to anyone with half a clue who has spent virtually any time in the Kansas City area.

Still you-know-what happens and it’s easy to let mundane things like ridiculously frigid temps sneak up on you.

Take last night…

“We’re getting frozen pipe calls already,” Roger the Plumber said early Wednesday evening. “It’s going to be one below zero.”

Locals can take measures to avoid financing Roger’s next vaca to Hawaii.

“I’m telling people to turn their heat up tonight,” Roger says. “This is not the time to conserve energy. If they want to leave it it down once we get back into the 30s, that’s fine. But right now they should set their thermostats for 70 degrees. And if you have a cabinet in the kitchen with pipes on the outside wall, open up the cabinet doors so the heat can get in there.

“And if you’re leaving even for five minutes, put the garage door down. We had someone with two bedrooms above the garage and he left the door open for 10 minutes and it froze the pipe for the rooms up above. Nothing broke, but he was lucky.”

Other measures to be taken to avoid frozen pipes:

“Keep the water moving in it and it won’t freeze,” Roger says. “”And keep the faucet with just a steady drip or small stream.”

As for last night – and freezing cold nights to come – “We’ve had 13 calls already and it’s not as cold as it’s gonna be,” Roger says. “So we’re assuming it’s going to be a busy night. And we don’t go out if pipes are frozen – only if they burst. We’ll be there for every rupture but we’ll go out and thaw the pipes tomorrow.”

That’s all folks…
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10 Responses to How Not to Find Yourself Up Sh*t Creek This Winter

  1. Anonymous says:

    Frozen Pipes
    Thank you hearne, you can not say this too many times. EVERY YEAR someone, who does not hear this, PAYS …AND PAYS …AND PAYS..

    water damege, plumber costs, lost sleep, BS…all very easy to avoid.

    One piece of advice I give is to install interior cut offs for your outside faucets. Turn it off insdie, and slightly open it outside, thne be smart enough to remember to turn them off, because if if your outside faucets freeze, and your pipes freeze, and expand, and busrt…you are fkd.

    btw winter BS….i thank rick again for the “eat blueberries for health tip:.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Look out ! you are dealing with two dangerious gases and the possibly of scalling water.This is not for the do it yourselfer

  3. Anonymous says:

    Look, here’s the deal, gang. This site is not here for the expressed purpose of allowing anybody to say anything. If somebody wants to slander somebody, yes, it’s their right. But put it on your own Web site. If someone thinks they paid too much for something, I have a suggestion; look in the mirror. I called Roger last night and asked him if he had any tips to share TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM HAVING TO USE HIM. Or to finance his winter vacation to Hawaii as I put it. Take it or leave it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Hearne and Roger.You really helped me and for free.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jayhawk Tony
    In response to the “jojo” comment that’s been pulled. RTP came to my home about 7 years ago as the main line in the garage was backing up. The guy that came out couldn’t fix it and called the office. Roger himself came by the house and between the two of them, using Roger’s expertise, got the blockage free and we’ve been pretty much problem free since. I’d recommend RTP anytime.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Me Too Jayhawk.My grandpaw used Roger,He came to my parents house when I was a kid.He just flushed out a problem on Thanksgiving day at my wife’s Grandmother.Sometimes I call him for free advice before my husband messes something up.He gave my church a water heater and installed it for free.Fortuntely we have business owners like him.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Orphan of the Road
    You can’t slander anyone with the truth.

    Just label it as an advertisement ala Skip Slyster and you’ll be OK.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The article is free advice. They say dont call the plumber. They say be smart now that it is cold so you can prevent problems. be smart, learn more, dont call the plumber.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Your welcome frozen pipes. Here is another tip for you. Watch eating apples. Apples because they are very vulnerable to disease are sprayed often with insecticide. So either buy organic or buy your local grocer but peel them prior to eating.

    Jayhawk Tony thanks for explaining that Hearne took down a post. I was like “what?” and thought he had lost his mind.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Orphan of the Road
    It wouldn’t be slander anyway, it would be libel.

    I have talked to people whose elderly parents were ripped off by his workers.

    Jojo, see you in deletionville…

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