Frozen fire sprinklers burst, flood dozens of Nolensville homes - WKRN News 2

Frozen fire sprinklers burst, flood dozens of Nolensville homes

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NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. -

Dozens of homes in multiple Nolensville subdivisions are being cleaned out and gutted after frozen fire sprinkler pipes burst during the recent cold snap.

Neighbors and clean-up crews say as many as 100 homes were affected by the issue.

When near-zero degree weather struck the area Monday and Tuesday, many residents let their faucets drip to prevent pipes from freezing.

But residents didn't know the fire sprinkler systems weren't insulated. By Tuesday and Wednesday, those pipes began to burst.

"I had let the faucet drip and opened the cabinets," said Craig Bowen. "And I didn't even think about preparing the sprinkler system."

Another Nolensville resident says it could be six weeks before her family can move back into their home in the Bent Creek neighborhood.

Jennifer Fox says she couldn't believe the fire sprinklers that were installed to save lives wound up flooding her home.

"It's definitely a double-edged sword," Fox said. "We definitely need to figure out how to insulate this pipe."

The fire sprinkler systems are now required in many new construction homes in Nolensville.

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