Tips for Frozen Pipes

Akron, Indiana
February 13, 2016 4:47pm CST
Today I woke up, headed to the bathroom, did my business and went to flush, only to discover that my plumbing pipes were froze. Now, granted, it did get down to 2 degrees last night had the windchill was -18. We live in the country and are not new to frozen pipes. But after having an infrared heater plugged in, in the bathroom and the door shut, I am still facing a frozen pipe issue. This was with the temperature get almost 88 in there! When are these things going to thaw?
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@mommaj (22894)
• United States
13 Feb 16
My mother in law is worried about that too. She asked me if the drip of the faucet worked. It does as long as it doesn't get too cold. The movement of the water supposedly keeps the pipes from freezing. I can't imagine the waterlines for the toilet freezing in a room that is 88 degrees. I hope that is all that is wrong.
• Akron, Indiana
14 Feb 16
You and me both @mommaj! We are in an older farm house that has a crawl space that I may be able to fit my right leg only in :). I am hoping no one has to enter that to find the problem!
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@mommaj (22894)
• United States
14 Feb 16
@thash1979 Oh wow. I will have to tell my mother in law. She has a house with a crawl space and thought that it wouldn't freeze. LOL Oh, gosh I hope no one has to go under there either.
• United States
13 Feb 16
Was it plugged in and near the pipes themselves? When we think there is a danger of the pipes freezing, we turn the faucet on to just a drip over night. It supposedly keeps the pipes from freezing over.
• Akron, Indiana
13 Feb 16
The only thing that froze was the water line running to the toilet to refill the tank so you can flush. I have been filling the back up with water using a pitcher, and transferring water from the tub to the toilet. Nothing else, thank god, froze, but considering the toilet is the only thing that is on the main exterior wall, there is no wonder it froze.
• United States
14 Feb 16
@thash1979 Yeah I really don't know what to tell ya about the toilet. I mean you can make them run continuously but we never think that the pipes to that are going to freeze. We have two toilets that face the exterior wall and they've never frozen for us, luckily.
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@Susan2015 (21964)
• United States
14 Feb 16
That's why when it's below 32 I drip a faucet at night to keep it going so it won't freeze.