05:54PM | 02/04/07
Member Since: 02/03/07
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We have sub-zero temps right now with wind chills. Our mobile home septic PVC pipes are frozen. We have a turbo-heater blowing hot air into the space below the house (which is on blocks) to try to defrost the line. It is about 8 feet from the line because to get it closer may be a fire hazard since the underside of the house has a layer of plastic stapled to it. It has been running for about 5 hours but the pipes are still frozen. We cannot use our bathrooms until it is defrosted, as we curently have water in the tubs-we ran the washing machine last night(not knowing the line was frozen) and when it drained it hit the frozen pipe and backed up into the bathtubs. I suggested heat tape on the line, but my husband thinks it will melt the pvc line. We live out on a farm and are not close to a city to run to a gas station to use the restrooms! Any ideas would help!!


09:18AM | 02/05/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
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Get a water Jetter and use warm water it will blast the right through the ice. I Hate PVC as I normally would use hot water with the Jetter but the plastic may shatter.

Also I found normally a good conductor of electricity is a good conductor of heat THUS plastic is not that great trying to get it warm as I use plastic as an insulator
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