Thursday, January 24, 2013


Frozen pipes, frozen water, frozen Jenna. Trying to solve the problems here and trying to get a hold of a plumber but without luck. I have the heat turned on in the house, but I may be out of oil and I don't know if it is working? As for the pipes, heaters are aimed at them and the faucets are open. Getting wood delivered this afternoon and hoping Tom Brazie can help me. If anyone knows a local plumber who is available close to cambridge NY with one of those heat tube things for crawl spaces, please let me know.


Blogger Woman Seeking Center said...

Jenna, I have interior pipes that freeze when it gets into the single numbers. What works to thaw them for me is (as you've done) to open the taps and direct gentle and continual heat from a hair dryer along the pipes to get the water trickling. Won't help for pipes you can't access, but always does the trick on my inside frozen pipes.... Just be sure to keep watch as some hair dryers can generate a lot of heat!

(I never use the hairdryer on my hair, lol - dry that in front of the stove. But I always have a good hairdryer and extension cords on hand for these winter temps).

Hope this helps

January 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Rosa Veldkamp said...

I am so sorry! Hope you find a solution quickly.

January 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

sorry to hear about your pipe problems. I have an oil furnace and if it is running, it is loud and you would hear the burner and the fans running. If you have access to the oil than there should be a gauge @ the top to indicate oil. If you run out of oil, you're going to need to bleed the furnace, meaning after oil is added to the tank you need to use a tube to suck the air out and get the oil flowing again. Usually, the oil company should have someone who can do that for you.
Sorry for all the furnace info, that was my Dad's line of business until he retired,lol.

January 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Far, far too far away to be of any use. If prayers and good thoughts count, know that you have those.

January 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger WillowBrookFarm said...

Glad you got it fixed! Torpedo heaters are one of the greatest inventions ever I think. My uncle was over last night with his and had the pipes thawed in 5 minutes after I spent all day trying to crawl far enough under the house to reach 2 ft of exposed pipe that didn't have heat tape on it. I still haven't reached it, I hope this is the end of this cold! After our first year of living here I think I should have some sort of plumbing degree! Lol

January 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Oh Jenna, so sorry about your frozen pipes! Hope you're able to find a plumber soon.

We don't have the really frigid winters that you have, but we do have times when there are several days in a row where the pipes could freeze. So we installed heat tapes on all the pipes under the crawlspace several years ago. They weren't terrible expensive as I recall and we were able to do it ourselves. So far, so good. My only fear is that the power will go off and the heat tapes can't work then.

Again, hope you find a plumber soon and that you have little or no damage.

Diane in North Carolina

January 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger TheHotFlashHomestead said...

We just went through this last week! I know you hate advice so I will NOT give any, lol, I will just say good luck sorting it all out and I'm sure you'll be OK since you've got a plumber on the way and the heat going strong.

January 24, 2013 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger ican said...

Biting my tongue on "advice" - so just "good luck!"

January 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Whiffletree Farm said...

You would know if your furnace is on is you see the flame; however, if you have hot water circulating and there is a frozen pipe somewhere, you need to turn off the furnace and find the frozen spot to thaw it or the furnace will stay on without heating anything (but using up oil). Heat tape in out of the way places is GREAT, especially when you first wrap the pipe and then put that foam insulation for pipes around it. You just unplug when it warms up. Some people here in VT have small woodstoves in the cellar to prevent freezing; even a kerosene or electric heater works well with enough air space. Good luck. I feel for you. Beth

January 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer D Riley said...

Take care and good luck. Even North Carolina has temps down in the 20s this week.

January 24, 2013 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger barbsbirds13 said...

In my Alaska days, and I do it here in WA too when freaky low temps hit, I open up bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors where pipes are so house heat, even if very low, can help prevent freezing. That along with letting faucets drip. I made an 'incubator' of sheet metal in the barn where the spigot was and hooked up an incandescent bulb inside a trouble lite cage. Worked most of the time to keep that line flowing. Heat tape always made me nervous about fire.

January 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I'm sorry. I am sure that is beyond stressful. Here in NC, we are expecting ice tomorrow. I'm making extra bread and chicken soup to stay out of the stores.

January 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of your frozen pipes. My fingers are crossed but mine are still ok and out temps are at zero F still. Less than one more day of this. Hope you get sorted out soon.
Janet in frigid Hall's Harbour

January 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger farmergolden said...

Sorry, it was 75 here today, but I do feel your pain.

We froze for two weeks one year, tried heat tape, hair driers, crying...only to find out it was an exposed city water line 1/4 of mile away!

Thinking WARM thoughts for you!

January 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Ally said...

Going through the same thing here, heats cranked, hairdryer practically enflamed. Untl tomorrow there's not much else I can do though, so now I'm waiting it out. Good luck to you tonight!!
I don't know about you but I'm definatly doing some research before next winter to prevent this again.

January 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

So sorry:( Hope things are fine soon.

January 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I heard that the wind chill in VT was -28 on NPR this morning--eeps!
Wishing you luck and success from the West Coast, Jenna!

January 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

After continuous yrs of frozen pipes, my Dad invested in a propane gun heater and it was money well spent! My brother (who now lives in that old house) still uses it. I hope you find a plumber, or a neighbor with a gun heater, soon. Stay warm!!!!

January 25, 2013 at 6:01 AM  
Blogger Tiffrz-N-Kidz said...

Sending "thawing" thoughts your way.

January 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

My husband just ran over to my mother's house (frozen pipes so she thought) ~ no heat but she had water. The furnace technician was called and it was the transformer (simple fix & $157 cost). I hope that you have heat and water by now. I would gladly have you come and stay in our log cabin but it's a long haul from NY to NH for a little warmth. Good Luck!!!!!!!

January 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

Call your friend Jon to give you a hand. I'm sure he'd help you out like you have him so often.

January 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM  

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