01:49PM | 10/21/06
Member Since: 10/20/06
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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
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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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