Water Freezing Weather.

@Chevee (5915)
United States
December 12, 2008 9:13pm CST
It is cold outside I mean real cold. In this area there are people that live in Mobile homes and older homes too. I have lived in a mobile home before myself. In these homes the water pipes (plumbing) can freeze and you will have to wait until it is thawed before you can get the water back to running through your plumbing. I remember this happen to me when I was living in my Mobile home. I got my uncle to come over and see if he could get my water pipes unthawed. Well he built a fire around my water pipe that goes up into the mobile home. Gee whiz I thought that man was going to burn my home down. But he got it thawed and the water flowed freely. To prevent this you can have your pipes wrapped in installation, and make sure your home is underpinned. Now it is mandatory for them to be closed in, but people still have problems with water freezing. Have you ever had your water to freeze? How did you get it thawed?
7 responses
• United States
14 Dec 08
I don't but my friend does and he is not only without power as of now because of the ice storm we just had on friday but his pipes are starting to freeze now to. I have told him that he could come to my place for shelter and warmth which he did for 1/2 this morning to shower and get warm. I feel bad for people that are in prodicaments like this for they are helpless and cold and I know I wouldn't want to be in that situation. He has a genorator but has no more propane left so he can't use that unless he finds a store that has propane everyone is out. I am baby sitting his baby ball python snake here at my place because he has no heat there for the snake. I hope all these people get power nd heat back soon.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
14 Dec 08
I was watching this on the weather channel. The winter storm that is going on in your area. The power outages, fallen power lines. I hope you all get some good weather soon. And get all the power back on.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I lived in a mobile home from 1996 to 2006, I never had the pipes freeze but my mom did. I'm not sure how she thawed them but she did. They make insulation for the pipes now and heater tapes. They are heated wires that you wrap your pipes in and plug them in. You also should have skirting put up around the mobile home, not only does it help keep your pipes safe, it looks better too. We had our clothes dryer vent (part that vents outside), vent under the mobile home instead of outside. It not only helped heat the pipes, it helped heat the home. Our heat didn't run nearly as much. We just made sure we did laundry when it was really cold.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
14 Dec 08
My son lives in a mobile home now. He bought some 'heat tape' and wrapped it around the pipes. It totally prevents them from freezing. Sure, it uses electricity, but he only turns it on when it's needed (sub-freezing nights) and off when it's not. It works great! With my houses, I've always allowed the water to trickle a bit when it's extra cold outside. Running water won't freeze. I don't live in a mobile home, but those pipes can still freeze! They can actually burst if they're frozen long enough. That's why you hear of water mains breaking during the winter. I actually saw that happen once... it's wasn't a pretty sight, to be sure! All that water gushing out of the ground and freezing almost instantly! Whew! What a mess!!!
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
13 Dec 08
Its cold here, water is not freezing but it is ice cold. My solar water heater is not providing enough warm water and I have to switch it on electricity.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
13 Dec 08
here also it gets very cold although the water doesnt become ice.here the oil(which we put on our hair gets frozen)and we have to keep the bottle containing the oil in the hot water for quite some time.
13 Dec 08
Hi Chevee, Yes, it is freezing here as well in the UK, I have never lived in the mobile home but I nearley did, I wnated to buy because its look so beautiful but the site that I was going move in didn't allow pets and I had four cats at the time so I bough a hose instead and it is underpin and well insullated, never had any problems with it. Hugs. Tamara
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
13 Dec 08
No that has never happened to us. Any outside exposed water lines are wrapped and we also leave some water slowly running in the house and that helps.