Has your water ever frozen?

United States
December 14, 2010 8:19am CST
Well, it is extreemly cold here in Indiana. The wind chill has been predicted at below zero for the past two nights. I knew it was going to be cold, but I didn't think that the wind chill temperature could be cold enough to freeze our water lines, but it must have been. I wake up today to no water. I hate this! Before when we lived in the country, we had frozen water lines and frozen drains, I sure hope it won't be like that again this year. I can't live like this!!
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@oldchem1 (8132)
14 Dec 10
Yes our water froze last week , we soon got it thawed out but the time waiting for my early morning coffee was very bad!!
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@GardenGerty (156299)
• United States
14 Dec 10
Carol, we have one spot in our water lines that will freeze. When we think the weather is going to cause that problem we leave the cupboard open and we put a space heater to warm it. We also leave water trickling from that faucet. I really need more insulation in that one wall. In the house where I lived previously we would wrap heater tape around the pipe and plug it in to keep the water lines open.
@GardenGerty (156299)
• United States
14 Dec 10
Almost every day seems that way for me right now. Unfortunately, I will be the one who will say that the pipes will be fine, not hubby. I just keep getting my life interrupted right now.
• United States
14 Dec 10
I wondered about leaving the water drip last night, but dear husband said it would be fine. HA HA! A lot he knows. I will go with my own instinct the next time. I wanted to get so much done this morning and didnt'.
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@dogsnme (1264)
• United States
14 Dec 10
I live in Tennessee and it's pretty darn cold here, too. I don't think I've ever had the water freeze to the point that I didn't have any but I did have a pipe break once, because of the cold weather. By the time I discovered it, it had already flooded part of the crawlspace under my house in probably about a foot of water. So, when the temps drop down near or in the single digits I tend to get a little paranoid about another pipe breaking.
• United States
14 Dec 10
Luckily that didn't happen, but I will not leave the water off of a night anymore when it is going to be cold. I do not like waking up without water.
@Jennlk84 (4206)
• United States
14 Dec 10
Yikes! We've been lucky enough for that to not ever happen to us. I actually live in NY too, which is surprising that we've never had frozen water lines. It's pretty darn cold here today (wind chill has us in the negatives.) Hopefully no frozen water lines for us!
• United States
14 Dec 10
Same weather system as us and it is not a fun one. I do not remember it being this cold in December for awhile. They said last night on the news that are normal temps for this time of the year is 40 degrees- I wish it would get there. Our temps with wind chills are below zero too.
@wizteen (502)
• India
14 Dec 10
Here in india its almost impossible. and yeah i can imagine in what condition you are in, its really tough without water. i saw it in the news a couple of days ago, the cars the streets n everything were covered under the blanket of snow at minnesota! is it the same in indiana?
• United States
14 Dec 10
For the most part yes it is. We don't have as much snow as they do, but it is still covering everything. I will be glad when the snow is gone as I am not fond of it. My daughter and husband love it though.
@rappeter13 (8608)
• Romania
14 Dec 10
It was so cold on Saturday that the pressure of the gas was so low, that we could barely keep warm in the house. Because our central heating works with gas. So I would prefer water to be frozen to gas pressure to be low.
• United States
14 Dec 10
We have wood heat with electric as our back up. I would not be happy if our heat was not working. I feel that the heat is a little more important than the water. I was mad because I got up early to get some baking and stuff done and couldn't.
@AmbiePam (83575)
• United States
15 Dec 10
It gets way colder where you live than where I live. So it probably wouldn't matter if you guys kept your faucets dripping. That's what we do, and our apartment complex actually posts signs around the complex to remind us in case of a freeze warning. I'm just glad the dripping isn't very loud. It would drive me nuts.
• China
15 Dec 10
aiyo~ I am sorry to heard that. I have never lived in a place where has snow or water frozen.hmmm, But I can image that feeling you have. hope you will have water back soon. I live in south of China, never snow here.it's getting super cold here tomorrow the weather report says. the first coldest of weather of the year.it's start raining today then getting colder to night,and will be get super cold here for two days.about 5 to 10C, then after 2 or 3 days the warm air will comes.so we will be ok I guess. 5 to 10C is really super cold for our Cantonese, LOL but I think the world weather has changed, we might never get snow here,but some day would.hmmmm who knows~
@JenInTN (27514)
• United States
15 Dec 10
I have had my water freeze..it's dangerous because it can cause pipes to bust. I usually leave just a bit of water running if I know the temp is going to be cold.
@Nadinest1 (2016)
• Canada
22 Dec 10
We have a basement(with a wood furnace in it), so no, our water has never frozen. Thankfully. It has frozen on our outside water hose though and sprayed water everywhere. Maybe some heat or extra insulation would help.
@buggles64 (2709)
• United States
20 Dec 10
When my family was very young, we lived in a trailer for two years. Our water pipes would freeze and bust all the time. It was always such a pain! I would be so upset that the pipes were frozen, because we didn't have water. To do the dishes, I would have to melt the snow. Do you realize how much snow it takes to fill a pan of water to do dishes?
• United States
15 Dec 10
I'm in Texas and we haven't had temps cold enough yet to freeze things up. We usually get that later, in January and February. I have had my share of frozen pipes though. I lived out in the country for years and we always had frozen lines in the washing machine. The real bugger was when the drain hose would freeze up and I didn't know it. I could do the wash load just fine but when it went into the drain cycle it would just spew right back up because of the ice blocking it. That's a mess to clean up. We had a friend, a single guy, his pipes would freeze every time the temp went below freezing and he would end up at our house to stay till he could get things thawed out. Some times that would take several days. We would always leave the faucets dripping if there was even a chance that it might freeze. And leave the kitchen cabinet doors open under the sink to get some warmth. I never wanted to take a chance of having no water. Some times it would freeze anyway and it would be late in the day before things thawed out. I would also draw up some water to have in reserve, just in case... Strange thing, we lived up north for a few years and never had a problem. When we mentioned leaving the faucets dripping during freezing weather we were told there was no need, the pipes were buried far enough underground that it was not a problem. And it never was. I still prefer winter cold to summer heat, though. You can always bundle up more to stay warm but you can only take off so much to try to get cooled off.