The pipes in my kitchen are frozen and I have no water coming from my sink. I do, however, have water upstairs in the bathroom.
I've tried using a blow dryer on the pipes under the sink, but to no avail. I really don't want to have to go into my basement because I have no idea what I am looking for or if it will even work(my basement smells awful and is so cold and I can't stand it down there). Is there any easier way to thaw the pipes without going down there?
Well, my DS isn't very helpful. I was down there earlier trying to thaw what I thought was the right pipes, but he wouldn't tell me if we had water and after ten minutes, I gave up and tried under the sink, instead. My MIL is coming down in an hour so we can run some errands, so maybe she'll stick around and help me out.
Oh, and this happened on Saturday, too. The landlord thawed the pipes with a blow dryer, so I assume it's possible. The pipes are this weird plastic material, not metal or copper. If my MIL can't help me, I'm going to call my landlord again.
Leaving the cabinets open for the heat to reach them doesn't work because we have a draft that needs fixing in the kitchen, so it makes that room the coldest in the house. The landlord is going to have someone come put weather stripping in sometime soon
I did have to call my landlord and he brought a small electric space heater for down in the basement. I have water again, and now I have a heater in case this happens again. Hopefully there will be no more -6 degree weather here.
Asked by Anonymous at 10:54 AM on Jan. 24, 2011 in Home & Garden
Answer by how_reb at 10:56 AM on Jan. 24, 2011
Answer by Charis76 at 10:57 AM on Jan. 24, 2011
Answer by gmasboy at 12:21 PM on Jan. 24, 2011
The pipes are probably frozen in the basement... looks like your going to have to go down there and use the blow-dryer!! Your gonna have to suck it up and take care of it no matter how gross your basement is.... b/c if you wait to long the pipes could burst. Then you only thought your basement was nasty!! Once you get them defrosted you might want to leave the water on, just so it's trickling... that way they won't freeze again.
Answer by Crafty26 at 11:01 AM on Jan. 24, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 11:03 AM on Jan. 24, 2011
Answer by tiddliwinks at 11:05 AM on Jan. 24, 2011
Answer by Charis76 at 11:05 AM on Jan. 24, 2011
Since you said this has happened before as some one mentioned you can leave you water on just a tad when you know its going to get cold. They also sell pipe insulation that will help avoid the issue. It wraps around the pipes.
Answer by Charis76 at 11:11 AM on Jan. 24, 2011
Answer by countrygirl06 at 11:38 AM on Jan. 24, 2011
Answer by lillie70 at 4:17 PM on Jan. 24, 2011
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