01:49PM | 10/21/06
Member Since: 10/20/06
1 lifetime posts
As I anticipate another cold Wisconsin winter I'd like to solve my occasional frozen hot water pipe problem. This problem has developed over the past 5 years or so in our 30 year old home and wasn't present before.

At first I thought the problem was in the small bathroom (possibly as a result of new siding and too insulated cabinet) Simply using a hair dryer solved it those 1 or 2 times each winter. This didn't work last winter as I needed to use the hair dryer for almost 2 hours in the basement. Obviously I don't know real the source of the problem and I guess heating the pipe anywhere eventually thaws the pipe.

Any suggestions for a solution? What could ultimately happen if I wasn't at home to apply the dryer solution in a timely fashion?


06:49AM | 10/22/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
What could happen is the piping that froze could split depending on the material you have

If you can not get heating tape or better insulate the piping I would let the water drip on the coldest days to possibly prevent the freeze up.

Also you can buy an electric heater that has a thermostat build in the cermic disc type and aim it to the wall that gets the colest


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