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My first published fml! Hey everyone a little back story. The copper pipes where in the crawl space under the house. Easily accessible to everyone. The house sat empty for 9 years and was built in the 1940's with very little updates. I am remodeling it and thankfully there is home owners insurance on it. I am still out a chunk of money but not as much. The water was only on for a few minutes. The city turned it on and I opened the sink valve to no water. I could hear it but had no water. I crawled under the house and found the main cut off flush to the ground and all the copper gone. We turned off the water and called the cops and insurance. Damage total: $3,500.00
By NoWater - / Thursday 21 September 2017 13:56 / United States - Milwaukee
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By  Tripartita  |  44

Two months ago… "Oh, did you hear? The water won't be turned on for a couple months, new neighbor." "I didn't know. Thanks for the heads up!" "No problem. So don't even worry about the lack of water from your faucets and other fixtures." "Okay, I won't. See you lat—" "Seriously, /really/ don't worry. It's not like somebody stole your copper piping. Hahaha. Ha."

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By  Tripartita  |  44

Two months ago… "Oh, did you hear? The water won't be turned on for a couple months, new neighbor." "I didn't know. Thanks for the heads up!" "No problem. So don't even worry about the lack of water from your faucets and other fixtures." "Okay, I won't. See you lat—" "Seriously, /really/ don't worry. It's not like somebody stole your copper piping. Hahaha. Ha."

By  jessicasoho  |  13

It says you're posting from Wisconsin. One of the coldest states in the USA. Why are you using exposed copper for the entire house, muchless under the house to the elements? Either you bought a trailer, or if its a house you built your contractor has some explaining to do. Frozen pipes burst. Sounds like you were loosing the pipes one way or another.

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  rodfergie  |  7

Pipes under a house in a crawl space usually are copper. the heat from the house keeps the pipes warm enough so they don't freeze. The heater is usually in the crawl space too also providing additional heat.

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yes and no. Most homes will have insulated pipes and or the warmth from the house will keep the pipes from freezing. However trailer homes do not have that luxury or the heat keeping the pipes from freezing. I had a trailer home and the previous Tennent removed the insulation from the pipes and the heat tape. I ended up with a burst pipe and major damage. I rerouted the pipes into the main living area of the house so the furnace kept the pipes heated since I could not get enough heat tape for the job and didn't have the money to order all of it. Seriously my plumber bill was almost a grand.

By  Chelsea Schattner  |  6

My first published fml! Hey everyone a little back story. The copper pipes where in the crawl space under the house. Easily accessible to everyone. The house sat empty for 9 years and was built in the 1940's with very little updates. I am remodeling it and thankfully there is home owners insurance on it. I am still out a chunk of money but not as much. The water was only on for a few minutes. The city turned it on and I opened the sink valve to no water. I could hear it but had no water. I crawled under the house and found the main cut off flush to the ground and all the copper gone. We turned off the water and called the cops and insurance. Damage total: $3,500.00

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  samomaha  |  9

So sorry, OP. What a frustration! You might consider closing off the crawlspace to the outside, and creating an entrance from inside the house. I had a home from about the same era and the only access to the crawlspace under the home was through the floor of the main closet. Most of the closet floor was a lift up hinged door. Good luck with the rest of your renovations!

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