So do they a lot of houses in Texas with water pipes in the ceilings? I'm seeing all these stories of people's busted water pipes and collapsed ceilings. This is exactly why that's a horrible idea. Is that a Texas thing or a new house thing in general? F all that.
Tue evening it got so cold here in Hou that when we went to bed I had all faucets and showers/tubs dripping with both hot and cold and still froze up. I have a manifold system with PEX piping (thank the Lord) and a large bundle loops back up into attic and services the other half of house. Thankfully the piping is distributed in bundled pairs because I was able to get the hot water flowing again and it acted like a heat trace on the cold lines to get those flowing again. Even after that it kept slowing down. Wed 3am the power came on and we bolted to turn on heat to like 73'F. Once it came up to temp I cracked attic open and was able to thaw everything out. Our homes are designed to shed heat, not retain it.
The incredibly frustrating thing was not only no power, freezing temps and piping, but no cell service...complete breakdown in infrastructure. Beginning Mon AM, power went out, our mobile phones had intermittent service, no data, no internet. Mon evening power came on for an hour or two. Then dark until Wed 3am, then dark again around dinner, then back on since Wed 11pm with phone service restored around an hour later. Internet restored at about 5p Thu.
It was very similar to Hurricane Harvey in the sense that the damages/inconveniences were highly dependent upon where you lived. For example, one evening my wife returned to our neighborhood to see power restored and her jubilation was quickly subdued when she turned the corner to see that it was only the front half of our neighborhood, and we were still in the dark.
I can't wait to hear the results of the inquiry to ERCOT because these were not rolling blackouts per se. Some patches had consistent power (like around hospitals, first responders, etc...to be expected) while others had zero power throughout.
Don't know anything about the winterization recommendations that were previously made by Feds, but ERCOT is starting to sound a lot like the Flood District folks in Houston. Everyone knows there's a problem but nothing ever gets done, meanwhile the problem gets bigger as population grows more than anywhere else in US.
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