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Old 01-15-2013, 11:32 PM
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Glad you did not experience any broken pipes. We lived up North all of our lives and never had frozen pipes until we moved to South Carolina! Up North, we had basements and the outside pipes were buried pretty deep in the ground below the frost line. Here in SC, the pipes are buried just below the surface, so when the temperature goes down (and sometimes they go down pretty low) the pipes can freeze. We have learned since moving here to insulate our water pump and pipes coming into the house and when the forecast predicts freezing temps, we keep an inside faucet with a small steam flowing all night.
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Glad you did not experience any broken pipes. We lived up North all of our lives and never had frozen pipes until we moved to South Carolina! Up North, we had basements and the outside pipes were buried pretty deep in the ground below the frost line. Here in SC, the pipes are buried just below the surface, so when the temperature goes down (and sometimes they go down pretty low) the pipes can freeze. We have learned since moving here to insulate our water pump and pipes coming into the house and when the forecast predicts freezing temps, we keep an inside faucet with a small steam flowing all night.

That's very true. Most frozen pipes in Minnesota happen in abandoned houses, or houses with a broken furnace and absent owners. It takes multiple days of very cold weather for a house to get cold enough inside for pipes to freeze solid. Of course, we don't typically run pipes though outside walls here.

Where's this global warming they keep telling us about?
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Yeah...he spent about three hours last night running electrical shocks through the system trying to defrost the pipes but was unable to complete the circuit. Apparently with the various remodels through out the years plastic fittings were used to connect the pipes and were breaking the circuit.

Long story short with the warmer temps today, 42 degree's F, and running the stove to inside temps of 83 degree's the pipes de-iced and we got water!

However he disconnected the water heater wires so he's still got to come out and reconnect the electrical...with my back I can't get to it.

So that shower is going to have to wait one more day...but no broken pipes so far and I can live with that!

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Does that mean you'll need to do some repiping come spring?
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Does that mean you'll need to do some repiping come spring?
That's certainly a possibility but then this is the first time I've had pipes freeze and temps that night / morning were record temps. Had I just let the water run I think I'd been okay. But I will look into it.

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So sorry to hear about your frozen pipes, I wasn't aware that the Hot water pipes freeze first either, that's a new one on me.

We ocassionaly get some cold temps here on the Coast, we let the water drip, leave the doors open under sinks, put a heat lamp on the well pump, and also heat tape on pipes.

It's looks and feels like spring here lately. Temps around 70, Inland areas have hit 75+, the blue jays are back, plants are popping up, some blooming, trees budding, I've had the house open, really loving these temps, but we'll get what's due before too much longer. I'm not a cold weather person, spring and summer can't get here soon enough.

Hope you get your pipes all taken care of soon.
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Glad to hear that your water is back. That feeling you get when you turn the water on and nothing comes out is not good! It happened once to me when we went to Florida one January, and in my rush to leave I forgot to leave the sink cabinet open. Temperatures that week were frigid, and I came home and went to wash my hands and nothing.... luckily I was able to warm it with a heat gun and it was OK. I am scared to think what could have happened it we were gone a few more days though.

By the way, thanks for sending your cold weather this way! After temps in the low 60's a couple of days ago, we finally got some more snow to play in this morning.
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According to 10 day forecast.... -20 F for a low, and -8 F for a high on Monday in the Twin Cities...

I think it's been a few years since it hit -20 here.
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