Frozen trap: might be away to do this. Your ideas?

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Old 03-12-19, 05:43 AM
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Unhappy Frozen trap: might be away to do this. Your ideas?

I was a plumber all my life always had to wait til it thawed out???
Now i am older and have -maybe ;missed somethings that work. Here is my problem. anything you can think of please lmk

I have a trap that is think frozen,The trap is subject to cold wind coming around corner of the garage.This trap is about 12" down....short piece of 3"PVC stuck in the trap /clean out cap 15" at most from this trap.to ground level. I knew i shoulda put in a ""y" cleanout. .The bathroom is about 18 feet away- inside the garage.I have always covered this trap in winter.3/4 waferboard.Forgot this this year. To old to dig it up and correct it.plunge floor drain and the water goes up and down the vent stack......as it should.Its nothing but ice in the trap. I filled it up with Rock salt ,and just isn't working.Its a pia always has been.The temp goes up i will be home free.I know noone has a cure probably~but thought maybe some of you guys might have a "home brewed" way of curing this.If not at least we tried.


thanks much for ANY tips bob s
 
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Old 03-12-19, 07:31 AM
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Since it sounds like you close access to the ice blockage, how about a few kettles of boiling water poured down slowly?

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I think you may be right. I only did a couple - going to try this method again ,she didn't want me to build a small fire with my salamander heater. fraid i might burn the garage down and my kustom kars.thanks pjjafe

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Heat would be the best. It doesn't have to be particularly hot to work. A garden hose or jetter/pressure washer snaked up the drain to the ice should do the trick. It is best to work from the downstream side so all the water you put into the pipe has somewhere to go.
 
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find a plumber buddy that has a jetter
 
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Old 03-12-19, 06:47 PM
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Why in the world is there a buried trap in the first place? Everything in a bathroom has its own trap and double traps aren't code. And why isn't it buried below frost?

Boiling water... then siphon water out with a foot pump. Then more boiling water.... repeat.

Next year, drop in a submersible tank heater before it gets cold.
 
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[B]Good idea try that next .....today most likely Hot water And i'm a plumber ..........an old plumber![/B


]I didn't even think about frost line ---and buried it,because the vent stack was smelling bad,

drop in submersible tank Where in the septic tank???xsleeper thanks bob s
 
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This trap is about 12" down....short piece of 3"PVC stuck in the trap /clean out cap 15" at most from this trap.to ground level.
There...........................................
 
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There What??????? xsleeper answer my question ;about this"submersible tank" you'er talking about WHAT IS IT!------! please bob s
 
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a submersible tank heater
Your Google must be broken.

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Nope .......googles fine! I am getting abit forgetful.........I will look it uo I had never heard,,,,,,,,w/o ..........picture.One question Does this pump get lowered into the septic tank?.If so................I'll just wait for warm weather ..........ohhh! Wow 65 degrees ........... stopped up water went out, alls well that ends well.thanks to you guys for tip i

get it?---Alls WELL! that ends WEL!L-- really never encountered, pumping out a septic tank!!!REALLY?????????? Bob S THANKSfor the tips
 
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