02:48PM | 12/22/04
Member Since: 10/11/03
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We live in an old house with a main structure, a kitchen addition, and then another "area" before the barn. We plan to turn this "area" into a studio apartment ofr now then eventually a place for mother-in-law. Our problem is how to run a water line out to this area. It has to go from the basement (where the pipes don't freeze) under the approx. 1 foot high crawl space under the kitchen (where the pipes do freeze) out to the apartment. We fixed the problem in the kitchen by moving the kitchen sink to the corner right off the house and the water line ends there. So my question is, how do you run a water line (my husband says it just needs to be one cold water line, it can split in the apt. and it will have its own water heater) in an area where it will surely freeze without some sort of intervention. We'd like it to have its own separate line and not run off ours if possible. Thanks & happy holidays!



03:10PM | 12/22/04
You could tie into your water service outside and run the line underground until you got to your mother-in-laws apartment. I agree with your husband you only need the one cold line. A water heater can be installed in her unit.

You could have a separate meter but that could be expensive. Ask your water supplier.


07:02AM | 12/23/04
Member Since: 10/11/03
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We live near Boston. That sounds kind of tricky for up here. We were wondering about some way of insulating the pipe or keeping it warm. Thanks!



07:28AM | 12/23/04
Water services are installed one foot below the area's frost line to prevent them from freezing. Your depth would need to be the same as for your water service. You could call your area's inspection department and find out what the depth is in your area. I'm guessing it would need to be 4 or 5 feet deep. It's likely the same depth as your basement entrance line below the ground.

It is difficult to install heat tape in a manner that will result in a lasting protection. Insulation will protect piping from wind but doesn't prevent the transfer of cold to the piping, it only slows it.

Could you run the water pipe above the floor in the kitchen to the connecting area?
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