Anatomy of a Burst Pipe


I don’t pretend to be a photographer, but once in a while I stumble upon the right place at the right time. A frozen pipe on my outdoor shower provided such an opportunity. I had neglected to shut off the valve to the outdoor fixture before we got hit with our first deep freeze, and during the course of the frigid night, one of the fittings at the shower handle cracked, spewing water forth in a fine mist for a period of hours before we discovered it the next morning. Here are the pictures of the result.

Here's the culprit, and you can see the spray pattern. It looks like some form of ice eagle.

The water spewed out of the crack and coated the a nook of the house and part of a shed roof. It gushed in the same pattern for hours on end, creating a sort of symmetry only ice can attain. Notice the line along the right side from the source, the icicles from the water cascading from the roof, and the clear, dry hole of the wall where no water at all landed.

This hanging pot took the brunt of the attack - it now resembles an ice princess in lotus position

At the further reaches of the spray, hours of accretion created a sea of ice bubbles.

This one lends a more mundane interpretation to the event, I'd say.


6 Responses to “Anatomy of a Burst Pipe”

  1. 1 Rome

    Great pictures, but…you should be writing about one of the most amazing stories of the new year – how could anyone think Schilling is a Yankees fan???

  2. 2 Phillipa

    damn that looks cold!

  3. Heh heh heh.

    That’s why they sell so much scotch around here.

  4. Wow, what beautiful pics. Sorry about the pipe and hope all works out for the best, but in the meantime, I enjoyed the view.

  5. Great photos. Too bad about the source.

  6. I agree with the others, great pictures–sorry about the pipe! I love the bubbles. That is very cool.

    I am honouring new blogs on my blog and mentioned yours, so I thought I would let you know.

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