COMMUNITY FORUM

amfenton

12:03PM | 01/16/04
Member Since: 01/15/04
2 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
My washer is on my 2nd floor, and its drain pipe is in the attic. Each year, when the weather is extremely cold, the goose neck in the drain pipe freezes. I tried this year to add extra layers of insulation around the area and into the attic, to no avail. I usually jack up the heat, open the attic door and wait for it to thaw out. But I'd like a solution that avoids having to do this althogether.

Can I put antifreeze down the pipe? any other solutions?

plumber Tom

01:19PM | 01/16/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
If you used ant-freeze the next time you did a load of wash it would drain away. Wrap the trap (goosneck as you are calling it) with a heat tape that plugs into a wall outlet, then insulate around that. Edit Message: In extreme cold temps, you can also open the cold and hot water faucet to let the water trickle. This will prevent the supply pipes from freezing. This will only work if you have a laundry tub that the washing machine drains into. I know freezing pipes are no fun

[This message has been edited by plumber Tom (edited January 16, 2004).]

amfenton

06:25AM | 01/17/04
Member Since: 01/15/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the response. I understand the antifreeze will drain away, but thought it could be a temporary fix. Until I get the heat tape on, will antifreeze hurt my pipe at all...it is plastic..or the pvc type?

plumber Tom

08:05AM | 01/17/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
No it won't hurt the pipes. Use the RV type anti-freeze.
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

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

With nothing more than a saw and some plywood, you can create your own Christmas tree cutout forest. Give the "tree" a coa... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon