"LoveHistory" wrote:Ooh! I know how to thaw pipes! Also know a few ways to help prevent the freezing. Growing up in an old house has it's advantages. Our water has only frozen three times since we moved, and we always got it back within a few hours.
My grandparents house was like that. Had it's own spring so come the first threat of a ground freeze the water was let run in the main kitchen sink. Tasted glorious all year round but in the winter it was so cold it bit back.
My house now is also huge and old but the new sewage system that went in for my neighborhood required a huge new set of pipes for both inflow and outflow that sits outside undeground and no amount of knowledge on my part is going to be able to address the issue of those pipes freezing. Well other than paying an arm and leg to have a backhoe come dig them up. With night lows of 20 below zero (F) last night I just went safe and did what my grandparents use to do. Let a trickle of water run all night. I did do it in my huge shower and was able to actually set up a descending water trap system to catch as much of it as I could. Not that it was that much but I do feel a bit guilty. Not enough to risk frozen pipes though!