Cold weather people!! Freezing pipes in trailerhouse?? What to do...

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  1. BluEyedCowgurl

    BluEyedCowgurl Senior Member+

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    Okay, so I am really a newbie to MT and this whole cold weather thing. It is twenty below out this morning, which is fine, I can dress for it, but apparently our pipes can't! Our hot water pipe froze before six p.m. last night, and it doesn't look like the weather will get warm enough to defrost it for a few days.
    We live in a trailer, and we do rent it, but the realty place won't do ANYTHING as we have asked nicely about twenty times and all we ever get is, "Right away, it's at the top of our list." Well, apparently it has been at the top of the list for months and nothing has happened.
    So, what on earth do you do? Is it just normal to deal with pipes that are frozen for a week or so during the winter in a trailer house? The hot water pipe is located right next to the siding by the door to get to the hot water heated outside. I am sure the wind blows in like crazy, and I wouldn't be surprised if a fair amount of snow was in there right now as well. I'm just so frusterated! :(
    Also, the pipes under the house are wrapped, but don't have heat tape (there are no hooksup anywhere for it). Should I just camp out at the realty place until they get someone out to see if anything can be done? :wink: Or is there anything we can try to do? I just want to shower....:rolleyes:
     






  2. Peg D

    Peg D Senior Member+

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    There are 2 things you can do. Rent a knipco (sp) and buy some diesel - fill the knipco with the fuel ----- have more on hand for when it runs out. Stick the knipco under your trailer and let it blow. Heat rises:wink: Careful of plastic close to it, it will melt it.
    Or you can figure out how much heat tape you need and start with that. That in itself is a huge project.
    I would start with the knipco.
     
  3. Peg D

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    Actually there is one more thing you can do to.
    Get a torch, the cylinder type. If you know exactly where its froze, torch the pipe with the flame.
    Used to do this in my fathers dairy barn for many years.
     
  4. Mare

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    Who the heck would live in Montana without heat tape??? Your landlord should know better. I would be parked in the office until its fixed. If they dont get on it soon all your pipes will be broke and they will really be sorry.
     
  5. paintedquarters

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    Found this for you. Also the next time let your water trickle at a couple faucets in the house it helps to not let them freeze..
    Your pipes have been frozen for a week? That is unacceptable!
    It is your lanlords responsibility to deal with the pipes I would think.

    Call someone at one of the numbers at this link and tell them what is going on.
    http://www.badlandlords.info/montana.html




    http://www.hud.gov/local/mt/renting/tenantrights.cfm

    http://www.montpirg.org/hotline/responsibility.html

    http://www.badlandlords.info/
     
  6. BornToRide

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    I live the farthest north of anyone on this site i am sure. And today its about -54 C not F

    You should be talking to your landlord. they should know better then to not have the pipes insulated properly.

    Open the faucet at the end of the pipe and close the valve that runs into it. Then check for holes, cracks or breaks. A pinhole can be repaired just by wrapping with electrical or duct tape; a hairline crack can be sealed by covering with a pipe clamp (aka pipe sleeve); for a really big crack you'll need to replace that section of pipe. If you've been able to repair the pipe without replacing it, then apply heat to the frozen section, using one of several methods: use a hairdryer, wrap the pipe in heat tape or an electric blanket or, in a pinch, you can even wrap rags around the pipe and pour hot water over them (this might take a while). Once water starts dripping out the faucet again, it's time to let the water start flowing again. Then make sure this problem doesn't happen again. Get some pipe insulation, electric pipe-heating wire or pipe tape to keep your pipes warm and safe all winter long.
     
  7. BluEyedCowgurl

    BluEyedCowgurl Senior Member+

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    I know :no: The realty place has been around forever, and everytime we go in and say something they give the run around. They basically just don't want to spend the money on it, which seems ridiculous to me because in the long run it is just going to cost more! You'd think they would have learned that by now.
    Thanks guys, I'll show my husband what you all said and see if we can't figure out something. I'm tired of leaning over the tub to wash my hair in ice cold water under the faucet. A bit primitive, don't you think?
    You can't tell me the pipes haven't been freezing in this trailer for years, it's not like its new and nothing has ever been done! Maybe I should just threaten to live in the realty building until they fix it?....:rolleyez:
     
  8. darlingfordgirl

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    As a preventative when its supposed to get really cold let a faucet or 2 drip. Ours has froze a couipla days ago but only in the kitchen (far end of our trailer). We just opened the cupboard doors under the sink and got it to go again. But when we've been REALLY froze up we used a heater like Peg said.
     
  9. paintedquarters

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    There are laws that protect renters from landlords like this...
    There use to be a 3 day notice to fix. Which simply is a list of problem(s) and you give them 3 business days to fix. Don't know if it is still in effect or not. But I would give it to the company. They have 3 days to respond and then you have legal recourse. They know it. Yrs ago when we rented we had to give one to a landlord and guess what they got off their as* and fixed the problem!
     
  10. darlingfordgirl

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    BUT depending on the circumstances this might not help. A lot of landlords here charge lower rent but you are then responsible for any maintenance or upkeep. Even if the furnace shuts down or the well pump stops working.
     






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