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Old 01-16-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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Frozen or Burst Pipes

Anyone else have problems with their pipes due to this cold snap? This morning I started a load of laundry and when it got to the rinse cycle, the water didn't go down the drain pipe, the water squirted out and went everywhere. All over my laundry room floor, pantry, kitchen and water leaked into the basement. Luckily, I was able to get the water turned off real quick. We think the drain pipe is frozen, so we've got a heater on in the laundry room.

I've spend a good chunk of this morning cleaning up water - not how I wanted to spend my day off.

A co-worker of my husband had his pipes bust last night - I think it got to -6 overnight here but it never occurred to me that maybe I shouldn't be doing laundry. Our laundry room is on an outside wall. Now I know to be more cautious.

Cold weather sucks.


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Old 01-16-2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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So far, no problems with water pipes. However, I've been leaving water run a small drip/stream to keep it flowing.

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Old 01-16-2009, 01:22 PM   #3
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We've been OK so far. It helps if you leave the cabinet doors open under the kitchen and bathroom sinks so the pipes that serve those sinks are kept a little warmer.
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:55 PM   #4
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I'm sorry for all your trouble on your day off ... bummer! We were 20 below this morning and a coworker had a pipe split in half -- she said water was shooting out. I feel terrible for her, as they were just finishing off their basement and now have to pull the drywall.

I hope your problem is short lived!
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:06 PM   #5
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Oh this is awful! I have only had it happen once and it was an outside pipe so no mess to clean up. I don't envy you, Toots! I hope the pipe was frozen and not burst. Paying the plumber can give you a heart attack!
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:57 PM   #6
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I think I've got my pipe defrosted in the laundry room finally. I've done two loads so far today and everything is draining properly. Never in my life have I been so glad to **just** be able to do laundry.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:33 PM   #7
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We haven't had any problems here so far. I've got my mom's condo for sale and I keep going over to check the water pressure. I've had the furnace turned real low and so scared about the pipes bursting. So far so good. I also turned up the furnace.
PieSusan was saying she was having problems with her pipes. Her water wasn't running out of the faucets. I hope she gets things fixed.
Glad things are working out for you Toots. It's just a pain to have to clean up.

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Old 01-17-2009, 02:35 PM   #8
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I'm glad it's resolved Toots!

When we finished our basement several years ago, we hung dry wall with the water lines running behind the new wall. It's a west facing exposure so the first real cold snap (I think it was 7 or 8 below with a 25 below wind chill), they froze solid. My husband cut chunks out of the drywall, pulled the insulation and we spent the day with the hair dryer - not fun but we didn't have any bursting either!
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:41 PM   #9
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I am sorry that you had to deal with that. I understand how you feel. In December, we had a cold snap and it was -12 overnight and the shower pipes froze. Those pipes are on an outside wall and north facing. I had to spend 5 hrs. thawing them out. I am glad that they did not break.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:46 PM   #10
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I had left water dripping but now my kitchen sink will not flow. I have a call into a plumber. I hope that it doesn't become serious.

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