Frozen Drain Line


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Old 03-31-08, 12:47 PM
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Frozen Drain Line

I recently had a frozen drain line. I came up with a pretty good method of thawing the drain line. It froze while I was on vacation for 10 days. The drain line was frozen for about 25 feet. I bought a 30 foot rubber air hose. I cut off one of the end fittings and I attached the other end to a commercial wall paper steamer. ( I rented the steamer.) I snaked the hose into the drain line till I found where the ice started and then heated up the wall paper steamer. It took about 2 hours to thaw the 25' of ice.
How did the ice occur you ask? Well it was very cold while I was gone and the thermostat was set at 55 degrees and I shut the water off at the main before I left. BUTTTTTTTT I forgot that my high efficiency furnace expells water into the main drain every so often, so that is where the water came from. Anyway I slayed another dragon by using some good ol Yankee thinking.
 
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Old 03-31-08, 01:59 PM
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I was curious-is your good old yankee drain above ground
or below...............
 
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Old 03-31-08, 04:06 PM
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I live in Minnesota so I assure you the drain line is underground. It runs under my cement patio which is protected by an overhead deck. I suspect that the lack of snow insulation contributed to the drain freezing.
 
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Old 04-02-08, 07:16 AM
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Our drain line here in MI is approx 8-9' under ground--
never saw or heard of any ice around it.
 
 

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