ice ice baby

@Modestah (11192)
United States
January 19, 2008 8:08pm CST
we were gone all day, it was really cold when we left at 6am, and apparently only warmed up a few degrees... we got home at 7 tonight and our water pipes are frozen, not supposed to warm up until wednesday. looks like we will potty in a bag for a couple days, yuck.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Oh goodness, I'm sorry to hear this news - I've had this problem myself in the past and it's not fun at all. I purchased a small electric space heater and placed it in front of my cupboards, with the doors open. I had to figure out where the pipes were frozen but it was usually the kitchen. If you can't use the 'toilet' then guessing it's in the bathroom and would start there. I have also used a hair drier to 'thaw out' pipes. It takes some times but is better than no water and cheaper than hiring someone to come out if I didn't have to.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
21 Jan 08
It is the entire house - I think that it is frozen at the source (the well house or the pipes leading away from it - sadly the pipes leading into the house are only a few inches under the ground)
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I'm sorry to hear that - so it's been a day, hows it going in the bag? Just joking - sometimes you need to laugh but I know at times like this it's difficult.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
22 Jan 08
the bag is an adventure :) I put little holes on the bottom as a strainer to let any liquid voiding pass through.... the plastic store bags with handles fit nicely over the rim of the seat and droop down into the commode - when business is done it is easy enough to slide the bag off the seat - tie the handles and Voila , out to the trash bin - hoping it is cold enough to stifle any malodorous fumes and that no loose dog decides to come and investigate the contents of the rubbish container....cough.
• United States
20 Jan 08
rotflmao Modestah. time to drag out the old chamber pots. The last house we owned was a nightmare like that. even wrapping the pipes they would still freeze. We had to be vigilant in letting the faucets drip. Once we were froze for over 10 days, shesh we were all stinky, in dire need of showers some clean clothes and every dish in the house was dirty!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
20 Jan 08
welp the 5 yr old just blew it and did a doo in the loo. augh. yes, I dread the no showers especially for dh as he works a dirty job.... yucko! funny thing is here where the temps usually do not get below zero we get frozen pipes yearly - back home in ny where the temps were often 30 below zero we never had frozen pipes in over 17 years living there. but, the pipes were buried pretty deep, here they are only a few inches beneath the surface.
• United States
20 Jan 08
I'm sorry to hear that happen. I get so paranoid that my pipes are going to freeze up when it gets real cold. So I make it a point to run the hot water from time to time when I am home. If I go somewhere or go to sleep I leave the faucet on a drip. I hope your problem thaws out before long, good luck with the potty bag thing :)
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
20 Jan 08
I wish I remembered to leave the water dripping this morning - we were in such a rush to get out of here. I am told, though, better to use cold water because the hot water will evaporate faster thusly cooling off the pipes even more.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Yuck is right...it's been cold here too but so far so good. My pipes never freeze so I am lucky! Hope you get some warmth soon!
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Our one bathroom has frozen pipes too, but fortunately we have another bathroom that works. My husband is trying to defrost the pipes in the one bathroom now. He bought some electrical wire heating stuff.. looks like an extension cord, but it actually is a cord/heater. You wrap it around the pipes and then plug it in.. we'll see if it works ..lol. Good luck with the bags !! LOL
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
20 Jan 08
I hope it does not bust your pipes. It is 7 degrees outside now and the wind is blowing hard. I hate winter. Fozen pipes are no fun. We used to get them often when we lived in our previous home.
@palina77 (1178)
• United States
20 Jan 08
ohh man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!