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pmcint01

03:38AM | 10/01/03
Member Since: 12/22/02
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The previous home owner installed a utility room (washer/dryer) and half bath in the back addition of my house. Water plumbing is run through the back exterior wall and is poorly insulated and freezes in the winter so there is no air flow. There is a duct register in the utility room, but it's at ceiling height and does not adequetely heat both of the rooms. I was considering installing supplemental wall mounted electric fan blower/heaters in each room, what do you think?

k2

04:35AM | 10/01/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I've struggled with a couple pipes that freeze when temps drop below zero. Leaving cupboards open didn't help, and having a supplementary heater didn't help either. The reason was that they were freezing in the wall just above crawl space. I finally put in pipe heating cable; this (hopefully) will do the trick.

Can you figure out exactly WHERE they are freezing and address THAT area? If they're freezing within the walls, I'd consider removing the drywall, exposing the pipes to the room air...then do a thorough job of insulating behind those pipes. Since it's a utility room, maybe consider leaving the pipes exposed to the room if this doesn't offend your taste.

Other ideas that have worked for me...When it gets REAL cold, let the water (both hot and cold) drip a bit in an adjacent faucet. Try not to let it get TOO cold in that room...certainly not below 55 degrees. Good luck....frozen pipes are no fun.

-k


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