When I first saw this title I thought it was about busted piping from freeze damage. Which rung a bell due to a house I just came from (I'm at lunch). I went to remove the RP and get it ready for winter as I have done in the past and understood I was to do it when needed. But when I showed up I found it was wrapped in some sort of homemade blend of insulation and tape. Given I've had trouble collecting from them for my last services I took this to mean they didn't want me to do my winter prep thing so I left it alone.
I've seen this fail many times. sometimes they get away with it.