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    Frozen Pipes

    So I just got home from Arizona just a couple hours ago and get home to find a small amount of water under my laundry machine and ice in the bath tub.

    I have checked everything out and all water is running except for the cold water in the bathtub. My house is a slab I turned the thermostat down to 60 while I was gone. Any suggestions from anyone?

    any plumbers or people with similar problems have ideas I can check out? I will go into the crawl space tomorrow but don't plan on going down there tonight.



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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    I've always just found the pipe, turned the water on.... and used a blow drier wherever I could reach.


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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    If you can get to the pipes put a heat source on the frozen pipe. I would want to get them thawed out because it is going to be freaking cold tonight, cold and frozen pipes things break.



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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    would all the cold water sources to the bathroom come in on one pipe? For instance the Toilet/sink/tub cold water then it would split? The water is working fine on the toilet and the sink.



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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    would all the cold water sources to the bathroom come in on one pipe? For instance the Toilet/sink/tub cold water then it would split? The water is working fine on the toilet and the sink.
    How old is your house? If it isn't too old they probably don't come in on the same line. They probably ran a trunk line using a larger pipe and then teed off that for all the fixtures. All the fixtures have there own line so there isn't any fittings/connections in the walls. Everything could run back to a manifold if the house is fairly new. There was a trend for that about 5-10 years ago. They have since/recently went back to the trunk line system as it is a more efficient system.



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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    Be careful. Pipes don't leak when they are frozen but do when they thaw, which could happen when you turn the heat back up.

    If you're not going to mess with it tonight, I would shut off the water before I go to bed.

    What type of pipes do you have - copper, pvc, or pex?


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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    Yes! Turn the water off, warm up the house, then tomorrow inspect for leaks. You may have to crack the water back on (slightly!!) to inspect/find a leak.

    Trust me, I've suffered heavy damage from a busted pipe.



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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    How cold has it been????



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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    So I just got home from Arizona just a couple hours ago and get home to find a small amount of water under my laundry machine and ice in the bath tub.

    I have checked everything out and all water is running except for the cold water in the bathtub. My house is a slab I turned the thermostat down to 60 while I was gone. Any suggestions from anyone?

    any plumbers or people with similar problems have ideas I can check out? I will go into the crawl space tomorrow but don't plan on going down there tonight.
    Whenever I go on a trip, any time of the year, I turn the water off at the main. Especially winter. Do you know how thin the waterline from the water source to your washer is? If that black line bursts, you are in deep water, especially if your washer in the basement. You could still turn your water off so things don't get worse overnight......


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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    As I mentioned in the first post my house is a slab so there is no basement. I turned the water back on this morning before going under the house no leaks anywhere. And the cold water in the tub now works. So at the very least I know I don't have a burst pipe though there could be a leak under there. I will be going under in a little bit to inspect it to see what if anything is wrong.



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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    As I mentioned in the first post my house is a slab so there is no basement. I turned the water back on this morning before going under the house no leaks anywhere. And the cold water in the tub now works. So at the very least I know I don't have a burst pipe though there could be a leak under there. I will be going under in a little bit to inspect it to see what if anything is wrong.
    I'm curious how you have a crawl space under a slab foundation. Perhaps it is a different type of slab construction than what I am familiar with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    I'm curious how you have a crawl space under a slab foundation. Perhaps it is a different type of slab construction than what I am familiar with.

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    that is what i was thinking too. if it is a true slab, the lines will be running through the concrete, and that is not fun repairing that. eventually, at the burst spot, water will come up through the floor, and then you start cutting concrete.


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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    I came home from Jamaica and my pipe burst....have to leave soon to meet the plumber :(


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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    well I am probably not using the proper terminology than I have a house without a basement, that has a crawl space under it. The house sits on a concrete block foundation.

    Anyway I did my inspection found no leaks or animals, but tons of spider webs. There were a couple of wet spots that I will attribute to melting ice. All water is flowing and draining as normal.

    Are there further concerns I should have at this point?



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    Re: Frozen Pipes

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    that is what i was thinking too. if it is a true slab, the lines will be running through the concrete, and that is not fun repairing that. eventually, at the burst spot, water will come up through the floor, and then you start cutting concrete.
    Been there, done that. In my house, the pipes are actually run in the sand/fill dirt underneath the slab. A copper hot water line was laying on a sharp rock in the fill dirt. As the the copper pipe expanded/contracted from hot/cold water running through it, it eventually rubbed through. The plumber had some sound detecting equipment so he could pinpoint the leak and determine where to break through the slab.


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