Keeping Water From Freezing

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  1. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    My water lines run on the inside of the house,on the South side,most part Insulated.

    Problem is if it gets down around 0 degrees,they freeze.I have let it just trikle,that don't work,have to leave it running.Am I stuck with this or do you have other ideas?

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  2. SteveD(TX)

    SteveD(TX) Well-Known Member

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    You didn't give enough specifics to give a real educated answer, but I think you have several options, probably none real easy for you:

    1) insulate around the pipes better, esp. between the outside walls and pipes.

    2) heat tape

    3) heat tape or heater in well house to warm it up a little before it gets to the house

    4) put a vent in the wall where it seems to freeze so some of the inside warmth can get to the pipes

    Good luck.
     

  3. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    The well house has a Heat Light,have that Foam type Insulation all the way around the pipes,its all open along that side.Whats bad seems to freeze where my wood stove is :confused: I have Heat Tape where it comes into the house.I had about a 6" gap where the Dogs were trying to dig up under the house but I took put gravel along there to block air coming in.

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  4. anniew

    anniew keep it simple and honest Supporter

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    BRP,
    I have pipes that are inside but snug against an outside wall
    so there isn't any room to add insulation. I keep a fan running to
    drive warm air to the pipes, as they are in a dead
    spot for air circulation (and have frozen in the past). Also, during
    this last minus zero period that we had early in the week,
    I put bags of leaves on the outside against the house, so
    it would hold the wind out and insulate from the outside. If
    you don't have leaves, try some dry bales of hay/straw (or even
    newspapers) that you put into large (contractor's size) plastic
    bags and set them against the outside where the pipes are.
    Good luck. It has worked for me.
    Ann
     
  5. bgak47

    bgak47 Well-Known Member

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    Leave all of your faucets dripping.Running water won't freeze.
     
  6. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    :)
    we have cold running water in our bathroom sink only today....

    I have a sink full of dishes because I havent taken water from the bathroom, to the kitchen, heated it up and washed the dishes.

    Now, I am a bit stumped...
    I fixed the toilet so that it runs...constantly.... that froze last night too....

    I was going to bake cookies today... I dont wanna :(
     
  7. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    caroline suppose to get colder tonight.Did you get Snow? We didn't get a flake,seems to help if we have Snow as far as insulation.

    If I just leave my water drip it freezes,so I have to leave it running.

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  8. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    we were supposed to get 4-6 inches and just got a dusting.
    Dripping doesnt work here either... it has to be *running*