As yet another Polar Vortex prepares to grip the Midwest, we revisit the winter of 2018 when a burst pipe, as (bad) luck would have it, on the top floor of a storage facility on South Wabash St. in Chicago created this monumental icicle.
This photo from Michigan Relocation Services shows what happens when you don't have a real plumbing contractor winterize your vacation home.
Actually kind of beautiful if you're not the one who has to fix it
In all my time curating this frozen pipes gallery, I think this might be the prettiest picture I've ever come across. Not that it won't be a nightmare for some poor guy out there in the field.
Don't destroy your neighbor's kitchen!
So many frozen pipe scenarios involve destroying one's OWN property -- but just think of the added layer of complications (and potential lawsuits) destroying someone else's property can have! Here we see a kitchen inundated with several hundred pounds of ice from by a burst pipe in the apartment above.
Thanks for the pic goes to user KevlarYarmulka on the social media site Reddit.
Cold enough to burst a toilet tank?!?
You say it's HOW cold in the Midwest right now? While burst pipes are pretty common, this is the first time I've heard of a freeze cracking a toilet tank.
Thanks to the good folks at Mechanical Hub for the photo.
Rental property + frozen pipes = winter disaster
The problem with a rental property is that no one might be home when disaster strikes. And if that disaster is a burst frozen pipe every second, every minute, every DAY that passes just makes the problem worse. By the time the owners were able to hack their way into the bathroom this was the sight that greeted them.
Burst pipes destroyed this kitchen
How would you like to come back from vacation to find THIS in your kitchen?
Remember, if you are going away from home in cold weather set your thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55° F. You might also want to open kitchen doors and cabinets so warm air can circulate.
From Ashville, NC, posted by username KrispyKayak on the social news site Reddit.com.
A single deep freeze can actually burst copper piping at several different points in a home, each one needing replacement/repair. Tracking them all down can be a huge headache and end up ruining yards of drywall. (Photo from Reddit user MillaGrl)
So how did you know your pipes were frozen? Oh... right, the icicle stalagmite. (Photo from Reddit user braffix.)
Instant ice rink!
Burst pipes followed by a string of below-freezing days was more than enough to turn this basement into an ice rink — and without much headroom either! Thanks to user dguisltl on the social media site Reddit.
A plumbing technician babysits a heat gun as it defrosts frozen pipe, posted by username BloodyFable to the social news site Reddit.com.
A photo from www.rooter2.com. It would be kind of pretty if the aftermath weren't such a disaster.
Frozen waterfall from burst pipes in a vacant house in Kansas City, Mo.
Nathan Fricke stands in the water-damaged office area of Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home at 127 S. Logan St. in Lincoln, IL, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. While computers and furniture were destroyed, Fricke stressed that no records were lost, due to the fact they are kept in a waterproof safe. (Photo by The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)
Yet another frozen waterfall from posted to Reddit.com by username cellardoorswoon.
A New York City nightmare?
Actually, all is well. This is actually a series of promotional posters carefully matched to the building's exterior -- but it did peak a lot of interest for the movie Inception!
Posted to the social news site Reddit.com by username megageektutorials; it's their office (yikes).
An example of extreme water damage from burst pipes via McAdams Plumbing, Denver, CO.
Photo from Issa Ashour at www.nubilt.com in Denver. No word on whether the dog inside is similarly ice-covered.