Frozen copper pipe?


Old 03-09-05, 05:05 PM
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Red face Frozen copper pipe?

I live in Mass,and own a three family home we rent out.Last night was VERY
cold,with wind chills around -20 deg and windy too.
Today the tennant on the third floor called to say that he had no hot water.
I called a plumber,there was a pipe going up to the third floor that froze.
He got it thawed,he said he has a machine that does that.My question is what do they use,as the pipes go out of sight up into the walls?Also what can I do to prevent this from happening again?Thanks
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Old 03-09-05, 06:23 PM
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There are pipe thawing machines. These are kinda like a heavy duty battery charger / welder that heats metal piping up by running an electrical charge through it. This does not work with plastic pipes for obvious reasons.

You will place one lead above the frozen section and another lead before the frozen section and let it do it's thing.

To stop this in the future, just leave the water on a little bit to keep water moving through the lines.

Hope this helps, more questions, ask away and someone will answer them.

BTW: what was the cost, just curious....
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Not wanting you to lose any sleep, but do check for signs the pipe is now leaking in the wall. Water expands when it freezes.
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