Frozen Pipes

New Years Eve I said to Wolf “maybe we should run the water overnight so the pipes don’t freeze.” He agreed then neither of us turned the water on. We’re like that. Yesterday morning we woke up to no water. The pipes had frozen under the trailer. Damn.

Wolf went down to the hardware store and bought some pipe insulation and a heating element/unit/thingymabob to defrost the pipes and to keep them from freezing again. He spent a good part of the morning under the trailer wrapping the pipes then plugging the heating thingy into the socket. It was then I realized electricity isn’t so bad.

Because we had no water I had to melt snow from outside. Lots and lots of pine needles. Lots. I used the water to do the dishes which were piling up. We checked the faucet periodically; at around 9p the hot started running again but the cold still was not. That’s when we started wondering why the hot water pipe froze. We assume it must run outside the house then back in which makes no sense at all.

This morning we woke up to thawed pipes. This makes me happy. It also makes me realize how much water we use. Yea, totally getting on the rain barrel research. We’d be so screwed if our well went dry.

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3 Responses to Frozen Pipes

  1. Judy says:

    We have been fortunate enough to not have any frozen pipes for quite a while. We installed a rain barrel last spring- who knew it would be one of the wettest years on record and we didn’t use ANY of it. But we still have it for next year.

  2. jayedee says:

    as much as i bitch about living in florida, there are some things i’m grateful for. not having to worry about frozen pipes being one of ‘em. bless your heart!

    btw, i have a spring seed giveaway going over at my blog-

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    stop by and check it out, if you’d like!

  3. Howling Hill says:

    Judy: This is the first time it’s happened since we’ve been on Howling Hill. It did happen when we lived in Southern New Hampshire.

    Jayedee: Wolf and I have often talked about moving south but I hate the heat more than I hate the cold.

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