With Continuing Winter Weather, Dallas Plumbers Face Hundreds of Burst Water Pipes

February 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

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By Bridget Bennett
brekow@smu.edu

On Saturdays, plumber Tracy Rodden and the Hooper Plumbing and Air Conditioning company in University Park usually have one plumber on call until 2:30 p.m. Last Saturday, the company had five crews out until after 7 p.m.

“After that we sort of just gave up trying to keep up with the phone calls,” Rodden said.

Last week’s freezing temperatures caused pipes to burst all over DFW. Rodden said hundreds of homes throughout DFW had the same problem.

“The reason it happened is not just because we stayed below freezing, but the amount of time we stayed at way below freezing,” Rodden said.

Four days of sub zero temperatures affect the Southern Methodist Community as well.

Fondren Life Science building had a burst pipe that pumped hundreds of gallons of water into faculty office space. The SAE fraternity house on the east side of campus also had a burst water pipe that leaked down all three floors of the house.

“There was oily-black water spraying out of the bathroom and out of the pipes and water was filled inside the elevator in front of the room where it happened,” said SAE resident Harrison Horowitz.

Horowitz said the residents were able to move most of the electronics and large items before the water ruined it. The house’s elevator is still out of order, and Servepro, a water cleanup company, has been at the house every day since the incident occurred.

But Rodden pointed out that some of the worst damage a burst pipe can cause is to the sheetrock and structural elements of a home—something the SAE house is already looking into.

“They obviously took out all of the (damaged) sheetrock and now they are looking at all the structural plans to make sure the house is still safe,” Horowitz said.

Rodden said the problem can be avoided. Covering exposed outdoor water pipes with some kind of insulation is a great way to prevent bursts in homes. But Rodden said if it is cold enough for a long enough period of time, the pipes can still burst, even with insulation.

The best way to ensure pipes do not burst is to open all the cupboards in the kitchen and bathroom and leave water running at a slow drip.

“As long as water is moving, it is less likely to freeze. If it’s moving, it’s not going to freeze,” Rodden said.

Burst the Bubble Blog: DFW Halloween Attractions

October 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post By Elizabeth Lowe

Home to the likes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Texas houses several tip-top and nationally recognized Halloween attractions. A few of which can be found right here in Dallas-Fort Worth.

If you’re looking for something more thrilling than trick-or-treating in the Highland Park this weekend, step outside the Bubble for Halloween scares.

These attractions should top your Halloween must-see list while living in the DFW:

Cutting Edge Halloween House

Everything is bigger in Texas – even our haunted houses. This is the grandaddy of them all, located about 40 minutes down I-30 in Fort Worth.
Cutting Edge holds the Guiness World Record for “World’s Largest Walk Through Haunted House.”
What does that mean for thrill seekers? Well, there’s no escaping these thrills once you’ve entered. After you pay the $29.50 admission pass (or the $49.50 “speed pass” to skip the wait), you’ve committed to a long walk through ghostly and gruesome scares.

Hell House

This is not your ordinary Halloween attraction, nor one that you’ll hear advertised in the daily paper.
Located at the Trinity Assembly of God, right outside of downtown Dallas, this Halloween attraction brings a moral frame to the all-candy-and-costume holiday.
Many people may have heard of this attraction through the 2001 documentary titled “Hell House.” Not ringing a bell? Add this to your Netflix queue immediately.
The documentary follows the Trinity Assembly of God’s preparation process and eventual execution of their annual Halloween walk-through attraction. Scenes in the Hell House include a death from AIDS, tragedies from drunk driving, and a 9/11 terrorist horror. One of the most controversial moral scenes involves the performance of a late abortion including buckets of fake blood and dramatic portrayls of guilt.
For those not a part of the Hell House tradition, this Halloween attraction is out of control and highly controversial. But for members of the congregation, it’s an annual “come-to-Jesus” event.
The New York Times has described this Texas attraction as “carnivalesque.”

SCREAMS Halloween Theme Park

Yes, you read that correctly – a Halloween theme park.
Located in Waxahachie, TX this park features 5 walk-through attractions like the “Death Trap Maze” and the “3D Pirates of Peril.”
For $24.99, general admission gets you into the park and access to all the attractions – plus multiple concession stands if you can stomach food after the scares.
Other than the original five attractions, there is a “special attraction” called “The Realm of the Beast.” SCREAMS describes visitors as the “prey” in this attraction – clearly this is only for the true thrill seekers.

So step out of the Bubble and experience the best scares the DFW has to offer if you dare. However there’s no shame in dressing up in costume to stay home, snack on candy, and watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” either.
Happy Hauntings!

Global News Blog: Celebrate Culture With WorldFest

October 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Nadia Dabbakeh

WorldFest is an annual celebration of the diverse cultural communities that make up the DFW Metroplex. On October 24th and 25th, you can come immerse yourself in the culture of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and, of course, the Americas. Learn about the outback at the Australian Outback Experience, enjoy an exclusive look at some of the artwork of The Crow Collection of Asian Arts’s permanent jade collection, sit in for a screening of some of the foreign films presented by the Dallas Film Society, and shop at the International Marketplace for clothing, spices and cigars from Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia and more! WorldFest provides an opportunity to learn about other cultures without leaving the metroplex, so take advantage of the festivities and go on a staycation all around the world!

When: October 24th, noon to 10 pm
October 25th, noon to 6 pm

Where: Addison Circle Park, 4979 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX

Tickets: $5 admission; kids under 4 are free

Visit: www.addisontexas.net/events/Worldfest