Question for people from lands where it snows
December 2, 2017 8:23am CST
I wonder if the water in flush tank freezes...you know flush tank, the one that I use for my morning function. So ..does it freeze? At 0 degrees and minus whatever degrees...your world goes into... This discussion is inspired by Uncle Joe's post..
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Pretty much everyone in Canada has a forced air furnace. In Alberta most homes use natural gas to heat. The natural gas comes to our home through underground pipes. The furnace in the basement has a burner that produces heat and a fan that blows the heat through heat ducts to every room in the house. If we feel chilly we nudge up the heat a little and it comes pouring out. The water comes to the house in pipes that are deep underground below the frost line. So, they don't freeze. The hot water heater also uses natural gas to keep water constantly hot. IF we were to have a long term power outage then the house could freeze and then the water in the household pipes could freeze. Rare, but worth being prepared for. We have a generator. Or one could drain all the water in the house so the pipes aren't damaged during a power outage. Basically we have superheated homes, we jump into our superheated cars and head to the heated buildings where we work.
That to me is scary proposition top!!! I keep wondering if I am freezing inside out here. This morning I was to go somewhere, but I just couldn't bring myself to leave home. My fingers were frozen. I called them up and said well, sorry. I would be of no help even I came there because my fingers are not obeying my brain's command. We are not yet under 15 degrees C. lol. So how warm do those heaters keep you?
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
The interior of our home never gets cold enough for water to freeze. Under normal circumstances, we heat with wood, but we have a central system that is set so that the temperature never drops below 50'F or about 10'C in the house. Area parks that close down their restroom facilities in the offseason usually shut off the water so that frozen, and burst pipes, don't cause problems.
We have electric heat to heat our home. It keeps things from freezing inside the home. If there was no heat it could freeze. The pipes that bring the water into the home can also freeze. Many people deal with the frustration of frozen pipes during the winter. At work where the boss does not like to leave the furnace on overnight when we are not there I have gone into work in the morning and the water in the toilet bowl was frozen.
In Mumbai, I hardly ever wore sweater. lol. Here too, may be a couple of days in the year, for a few hours. In Pilani though, I used to be covered head to toe. It has extreme climate, so I used to wear woolen pants, full length coat and a sweater under it, and a scarf..and even under the sweater some of us wore what was known as koti. Socks and gloves...
• United States
Nope the toilet doesn’t freeze because the room temperature is well above freezing. I keep my heat on 62 Fahrenheit. It’s chilly but oil to heal my home is very costly so I keep the thermostat turned as low as we can stand then we wear layers to keep warm. In the summer when it is very hot though my toilet tank “sweats”