Water pipes freezing

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  1. jeannie242

    jeannie242 Well-Known Member

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    Since we have decided to use radiator heaters in our 4 room house, I am worried about our water pipes in the basement.
    What can I do to keep them from freezing. Our basement is dirt floored.
    We have been getting down to about 25 at night.
    Thanks Jeannie
     
  2. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In older houses, it is common for air to blow in under the house through little cracks or holes through the foundation walls. The cheapest quick fix is to put a layer of plastic around the lower part of the house down to the ground, and covering the bottom of the plastic with dirt or anything to hold it tight to the ground. The top needs to be fastened to the walls above the foundation with strips of lath or even duct tape. Walmart carries clear visqueen, or black plastic that doesn't cost much. A little air hole as big as a pencil will freeze a pipe close to the hole on a windy night.
     

  3. wjoerob

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    If there is one pipe or section of pipe you are most worried about freezing, you might use a heat wrap tape. They come in various lengths, and don't use much electricity. Problem is, you must have access to a plug-in.
     
  4. mpillow

    mpillow Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We use heat tapes...most plumbing and heating supply stores carry them...Home Cheapo!

    Until you get one you can leave your faucets dripping to keep water moving in the pipes. If you dont like to waste water put a bucket under tub faucet and flush the potty with or use on livestock.
     
  5. ed/IL

    ed/IL Well-Known Member

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    Basement should be above freezing if it is 25 out. Get a thermometer and ck. Also fill gaps with mortar, calk, insulation or anything. Agree with all the above.