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Water Lines at my House Exploded this Morning in Austin TX Cold Weather

Could you image anything else possibly going wrong with my house??  Take a look at this...


There are many valves exploding throughout the neighborhood, and thus far, all are the same builder, imagine that!!  I had my husband knock on this guy's door and let him know.  He just moved in a couple of weeks ago and we hadn't had a chance to meet him yet.

Ours exploded before the shutoff valve, so the only other shutoff is the main water line to the house.  We have been without water for about an hour, and since it's Saturday, who knows how much longer, especially since they have several to work on...

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Comment balloon 26 commentsDonna Harris • January 09 2010 12:40PM


Hope you get it fixed quickly! That does not sound like a fun way to spend the weekend.

Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale ( over 10 years ago
Donna, oh my. I wrote a blog about this pipe bursting recently. Good luck and hang in there. Patience!!!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Oh Donna I'm sorry.  We have been letting our water run with a slow stream overnight here in central Georgia to prevent such a mess.  I suppose in the south where we are having well below normal temperatures the plumbers are about to have their own little "stimulus" package aren't they.  There have been several busted water pipes in my neighborhood too.  My husband and I cut the power to a neighbor's well house earlier in the week because our neighbors are vacationing in Florida.  Hope you can find someone to fix your pipes today. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 10 years ago

Wow...what a bummer!  I hope you aren't without watter for too long.

Posted by Paul C. Wilkinson, GRI, REALTOR -Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula - (951) (CENTURY 21 Preferred) over 10 years ago

Donna, yikes, it happens all the time over here with the weather we always have.  Makes a difference 'where' exactly it explodes.  Village or city is responsible for the meter itself which is NOT supposed to blow like that.  I had sold a foreclosure where this happened & the village guy wanted to take it to show others because it has safety valves in it and is not supposed to do that.  Before your house piping is the village I think.  Hope you get water today & I wish you luck!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 10 years ago

Hi Donna - We had this same situation in Las Vegas a couple of years ago. It wasn't particular to any one builder, just an effect of very cold weather. Hope it gets fixed soon!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

Donna, it is never fun with a busted water pipe in cold weather, plumbers are high in demand, hard to get hold of them.  Hope your plumber can come to your rescue sooner than you think.

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 10 years ago

Debi, At least I had no other plans... except potty training and not being able to flush are causing some tears.

Gary, Pateience?  Me?  You're funny!

Tammy, The sprinklers are above ground, which I've never seen before.  They're insulated and still exploded.

Paul, Me too...

Lyn, It turns out they have used crappy, small sprinkler line PVC instead of copper or aluminum pipes... It's not the city, it's the builder.

John, This is the builder, trust me... they're cutting corners everywhere!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

Sorry to see your mess. In Colorado we would never bring any water supply in through an above ground entry. All our lines are buried underground and enter through foundation stem wall or basement wall or floor. Probably not even considered in your climate.

Posted by Joan Zappa, Professional treatment of our clients, brings awes (Eagles Wings Realty) over 10 years ago

Rita, It's a builder warranty item so we're probably on the bottom of a plumber's totum pole!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

Donna - THa's not a pretty sight. i know that the builder will have a lot of explaining to do, as well as the codes inspector.candlenut

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 10 years ago

Hope that builder's marketing plan doesn't depend on repeat and referral clients!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 10 years ago

Donna, Yikes.

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 10 years ago


Sounds like it really cold in Austin Texas.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 10 years ago

Wow, this is serious, hope it gets taken care of soon, good luck

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 10 years ago

I followed your "adventure" while you were building your home and this just seems to be one more tragedy to add to the list. So sorry to hear you're having this problem; especially with the weather so cold and with your little one being so young.

Hopefully this issue gets resolved and you can live can finally live comfortably without any more problems with your new home.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 10 years ago

Hi Donna... I can think of one builder in Austin who will probably not be getting any referrals from you!  It seems like it has been one issue after another for you and that house!  At least it is a warranty item... there is some consolation in that!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Hi Donna - I hope the builder makes good on the fixes without a lot of trouble for you and your neighbors.  I'm sure that if he jumps into action to fix it, he'll have a whole different reputation than if he tries to stall and makes you get it fixed by others.  I'd invite you to use my shower, etc., but it would be quite a commute!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 10 years ago

If you have indoor sprinklers they could burst too.  I read a blog here recently where the indoor sprinklers burst ultimately because of the weather.  Here is the story  how-a-short-sale-went-underwater-literally- 

Posted by Dee Mayers, San Gabriel Valley, CA over 10 years ago

Oh no....I'm so sorry....THAT cold in Austin? what on earth!! I hope you get it handled easily!! Sorry :(

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 10 years ago

Nick, This is not norm for Texas either, but they claim it's a new code for the water district.   With all the pipes busting, I think they'll be readdressing that code.

Larry, Yep!

Ruth, It better not, or that wouldn't survive!

Lou, It was something like 19 degrees.

Gerry, You would think, but it's Sunday, and no plumber yet...

Craig, Comfortably?  Not until we sell and buy a new house...

Steve, Some but not much... and that's a big fat NO on referral from me!

Susan, Thanks for the offer!

Dee, That's a doozie...

Karen, Yes, VERY cold in Austin.  We're currently at 31 degrees and waiting to see if anything else explodes as soon as we are above freezing and the melted ice has a chance to bust through again.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

Donna - The cold weather isn't enough, you had to handle the pipes & water issue too!  Sorry!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 10 years ago

Just make sure you take a shower!!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 10 years ago

I hope you're able to get it fixed.  I was driving through NW Austin yesterday and saw a yard completely covered in ice.  It look like either their sprinkler system exploded or someone played a mean joke on them.  I certainly hope yours wasn't as bad as this one I saw!

Posted by Will Goodson (Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty) over 10 years ago

Susan, Thanks for the sympathy!

Greg, I did, thank you!

Will, The good thing is that I was making lunch at the time, and in the middle of getting things ready, all of a sudden a fountain was splirting up, so we caught it immediately.  The neighbor's who I filmed above had theirs on the side of their garage, so they never would have seen it.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

So sorry about this. It happened to my vacant listing this past weekend. Good thing I went to check on the house just because and saw a gush of water streaming from the garage and knew it wasnt a good thing.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 10 years ago