I’ve become a bit of a frozen pipe expert by now! If it didn’t happen a few days ago, you’re probably in the clear – but it helps to keep your cupboard doors open to let the heat in…and if let your faucets drip. Pipes are at risk when it gets below 20 degrees.
The pipes going to my bathrooms run through the middle of the basement, so nowhere near exterior walls.The only pipes I’d have to worry about that with are the ones to my kitchen. And I had never considered that before now… But the water coming out doesn’t seem extraordinarily cold, so maybe it’s not an issue.
I’m in the Detroit area — lowest we got was -15 🙂 It’s a balmy -2 this morning, but supposed to warm up to 16! Maybe I can wear shorts! 🙂 Tomorrow we’re supposed to completely thaw out, so I’ll feel better.
We had water dripping when the pipe froze, but my husband thinks he might have screwed up and not left both the cold and water dripping in the bathroom…the cold water side froze.
My biggest advice to everyone here – I know it sounds simple, but no matter where you live, right now, if you don’t already know, find you main water shut off valve. We knew where ours is, but it’s so hard to find — underneath some cabinets behind a nailed shut access panel (who nailed it shut I’m not sure) I saw three facebook friends yesterday posting videos of a blown water pipes filling their basement with water…and when I asked why they weren’t shutting off their water, they said they didn’t know where the shut off valve was – um…look for it!!! 🙂
Our two and half days frozen pipe cleared last night. We slowly turned the water back on and so far no signs of leakage/bursting. I worked from home today and am sitting in the basement with the space heater near the pipes still just to make sure 🙂 Didn’t want to come home from work to a wet basement!
So far, we’ve saved plumbing costs…but made up for it when my husband locked himself out of the house yesterday –leaving to go use the bathroom of the gas station down the street. Unfortunately, our lock that neighbors have a key to is broken, so he had to call a locksmith (I was hours away and it was zero degrees out….had to do it) Thanks!