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Old 01-13-2013, 11:21 AM
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Frozen Pipes...

Three degree's this morning. I run the water for my coffee...no problem...I run the hot water for Woody's kibble...nothing...no water at all...hmmmm.

The best I can guess is I've got a frozen hot water in line somewhere...the main line isn't frozen cause I've still got cold water and I mean COLD, COLD water!

That's a first...generally it's one of the cold water lines???

And of course it's Sunday so it's looks like we'll have to go without till Monday.

Why is it these things always seem to happen on the weekend? Whether it's the dog, the plumbing, the car or your own health it always seems to happen on a weekend?

Sorry for whining...but the best response i could get from Woody was a head tilt.

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:25 AM
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That would be highly unusual, unless you have piping running through unconditioned space. If the kitchen sink is on an outside wall, open up the cabinet doors under the sink, and aim a space heater at the piping.


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Old 01-13-2013, 11:27 AM
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oh Pete I'm sorry, that's a real bummer. Our pipes used to freeze if I forgot to leave the cupboard below the kitchen sink open at night. It was a real pain. I was so happy when we fixed that.
Sending good thoughts to you & Mr. Woodster
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I have envied the wonderful space you have found for yourself. However, city life does have its advantages.

Maybe Woody would like coffee in his kibble instead?
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Do you hot water anywhere else or is it not running anywhere? That can help you to isolate where the frozen spot is. I'd be trying real hard to isolate and fix the problem. Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes and you *really* don't want that!
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Frozen pipes in California? I never thought it could happen. I live in Québec, Canada, and it gets very cold here sometime in the winter. Last winter we had a few days of "feels like" -22 F with windchilll and humidity. Thank goodness they were exceptions but -15 is as common as can be.

What I find funny is that my idea of California, even northern California is all sun and heat and blue skies all year long. That just goes to say how fooled I am by the movies! In my mind, all you had to worry about was a terrible earthquake. So it does get cold in California! First news to me. The good news is, I will never get bored since I will never stop learning new things as long as I live!

On another note, here we have to maintain a certain heat level in the basement to prevent the pipes from freezing. We forgot to empty an outdoor water pipe last winter and it burst, thus emptying the whole water tank. *sigh*

A happy winter to you Pete and Woody, from winter folks MJ and Poppy.
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Frozen pipes are probably more likely in California, since the houses aren't insulated to the same standard as in Quebec or Minnesota. I can't imagine 3 F is a common occurrence there. However, it's still unlikely to happen in a heated home, unless the pipe is running through an unheated crawl space or if there's no insulation behind a sink on the outside wall of the kitchen.
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Pete, my sympathies. It was -12 at Denver International yesterday morning and not much better here. Hope that frozen pipe does NOT burst!
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Sorry Pete. It is routine here in Maine. I know the spots my pipes freeze and take a heat gun to them ASAP. Open up your cabinet doors under your sinks to let the heat get to the pipes. Hope you don't end up with any split pipes.
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I hope you find a solution to your frozen pipe problem. Like Ithaca I too expected California to be warm and sunny all year, but I've seen pictures of Woody in the snow, so that was my first clue.
Yes, our homes are all insulated here and basements heated, so not much talk of frozen pipes these days. We drain the pipes in the fall at our cottage and my brother is the "pipe policeman". Won't allow the the water to be hooked up until late spring.
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