Freezing pipes

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Old 12-06-03, 05:54 PM
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Freezing pipes

Hello Folks, I'm fixing up an apartment that had pipes freeze but not bust last year. I can access them from the hole in the floor where they come into the apartment. They run up about 20 feet from the basement and emerge through the hole. Should I shove insulation down into the hole with a long stick or should I use umpteen cans of the insulating foam. We had an record cold run last year, but, I 'd like to solve it while I can. Thanks in advance for your help. Eric

P.S. Sorry I have so many questions the last couple of days.
 
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Old 12-06-03, 06:32 PM
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Unless you can find a way to get heat to the pipes and keep it there they will freeze again. If you insulate them, the insulation needs to be on the cold side of the pipe (closer to the outside wall) and not on the warm side. You are trying to get heat to the pipe and decrease the heat loss to the outside. Insulation only slows the movement of heat, it does not stop it.
 
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