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amfenton

12:03PM | 01/16/04
Member Since: 01/15/04
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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.
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