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[*] Post 510844 posted on 5-1-2018 at 21:58 Reply With Quote
Frozen pipes



As temperatures plummeted, Ruby was mad at the landlord for having failed to get any insulating done.

We usd a heater, a hair dryer, and a heat lamp to try to recover frozen pipes.

The insulation pro finally came and did some insulating, but he said he could do nothing effective when the pipes were against outside walls.

The laundry room water supply froze, and the pump-out on the washing machine would not work. It took about a day of heating to get the water coming in thawed, but the pump took even longer. I feared we would have to replace the washing machine, but we finally got it to work again.

The landlord added a small heater into the plumbing crawl space. That, and a heater in the bathroom, restored water to the bathtub/shower.

But the pipes to the sink and toilet go behind the added insulation, so the warm air doesn't reach all the way. Sink and toilet still have no water coming into them.

We are on our third load of laundry, and I was able to take a shower. But, it is surely trying, to be unable to brush teeth, shave, flush, or wash hands in the sink.
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[*] Post 510845 posted on 5-1-2018 at 22:46 Reply With Quote


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The landlord added a small heater into the plumbing crawl space...


I very strongly suggest that you put a smoke detector as close as you can reach to that heater, although if its battery freezes it might become worthless.
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[*] Post 510850 posted on 6-1-2018 at 03:05 Reply With Quote


The heater is a square type that is set into the cinderblock wall, blowing in like an exhaust fan blows out, but with a not-very-strong heating element to add some heat energy.

It looks safer than the common set-on-the-floor space heater.
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