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Nothandy69

01:10PM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 02/05/07
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Bvplumbing
Our downstairs bath (above a crawlspace) has completely frozen. The toilet will drain put will not refill because of frozen pipe. The bathtub will not drain. We've tried boiling water and a plunger to no avail. The pipes are frozen so no shower at all - hot or cold.

Please help us with any tips for correcting this now. We are just above 0 degrees each morning and get to about 20 degrees at the high.

Thanks

Not Handy at all.....

AL

Sylvan

02:05PM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1507 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Al you need to buy heat tape and INSULATE that area.

The tub wont drain because the trap froze and hopefully it did not split BUT I wouldn't bet on it.

When and if it thaws better check the area for major damage from frozen drain and water supply lines.
8647-sylvan_tieger

Nothandy69

03:07PM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 02/05/07
2 lifetime posts
Thanks Sylvan. I will go out tomorrow and buy the pipe tape to insulate. Another question if you don't mind... Will putting a space heater in the crawlspace overnight help defrost these pipes? One pipe has insulation wrapped around it and the others are bare.

AL

BV002942

10:08PM | 01/04/14
i am installing a bathroom above a crawl space and i am worried about the traps n pipes potential to freeze in the winters...how could i go about making sure this does not happen?

danielleb

08:14PM | 01/05/14
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
heat tape like suggested above and the insulation tubes around the pipes

Sylvan

01:10PM | 01/16/14
Member Since: 01/24/06
1507 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Sorry I was away

Thanks Sylvan. I will go out tomorrow and buy the pipe tape to insulate. Another question if you don't mind... Will putting a space heater in the crawlspace overnight help defrost these pipes? One pipe has insulation wrapped around it and the others are bare.

I usualy suggest a dich heater to make sure the pipes can thaw BUT if there is a slip make sure the heater will not have contact with any busted piping spewing water


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