COMMUNITY FORUM

lin

07:02AM | 08/15/01
Member Since: 08/11/01
4 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
My kitchen sink is on an outside wall and during the winter when the temperatures go down to the teens the pipes freeze. I have added an electrical pipewrap to the pipes and have put some insulation around the pipes leading from under the house (in a crawl space) to the pipes going up to the floor but there is about a 12 inch gap that is hard to get to - the pipes going directly up from the floor to the bottom of the sink cabinet. Is there something else to do?
thank you

Jay J

08:40AM | 08/15/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi lin,

Maybe, and I say MAYBE, if you 'widen' the hole that the pipe goes through to match the width of the Insulation Tubing (that you buy at the Home Centers), perhaps PERHAPS, you can get it to slip through the hole. The only additional problem you might have is the part where the pipe 'bends' to come up.

The Insulation Tubing is just that. Ask for it in the Plumbing Aisle at the Home Center. It comes in 4' lengths (I believe.)

If you're in the Crawlspace, can't you get to the ENTIRE piping under there? What's preventing you from getting to that last 12"? It almost sounds like there's plywood, or something, nailed up under there. In my home, I can see the sub-floor in my crawlspace which is what the piping goes through. I put the Tubing on it and then insulated with R-30 insulation as you would a floor above a crawlspace. Is your Crawlspace insulated? What part of the country do you live? Is your Crawlspace 'enclosed' by cement block or is it 'exposed' to Mother Nature like a porch?

One last option is to pay a Plumber to re-route the piping so it CAN be insulated. His fee for this would be a lot less than it would be if the pipes were to freeze and burst.

Come back w/more info or 'fire at will'. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

david_wv

06:31AM | 08/27/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Could you use the expanding foam in a can to fill the hard to reach area? Use the low expansion foam so you don't push too much on surroundings.

Jay J

09:15AM | 08/27/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
No, the Expanding Foam is used to fill CAVITIES that allow outside air into the house. It's NOT meant for insulation. You'd use it where the outside wall is, more or less.

I haven't heard back from 'lin' so I don't know where things stand. Oh well ...

Jay J -Moderator

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2