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help on un- freezing a drain please

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Found 19th Dec 2010
didnt think to check drains outside for ice/snow never have done and its allways been fine, so i put a washload in washing machine was on bout half a hour, then i suddenly heard water dripping from kitchen and the sink was filling up and over flowing with water, just some advice on what i can do to help thaw out the ice in the drain, as i have a 4yr old and a 2yr old and i need to wash their clothers and wash the dishes, and we are expected to have snow for a while this is the 2nd dose of this weather this month, thanks in advance

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Adding Saltwater to Ice
# If water has already frozen into ice, pouring saltwater on top may help it melt. According to Frostburg State University, putting liquid water in contact with ice causes some of the ice to melt while some of the water freezes. If plain water is used, the ice melts more slowly than the water freezes and there is no observable change to the ice. Since saltwater freezes at a lower temperature than regular water, this changes the balance of melting to freezing in favor of melting, so that the ice melts faster than the saltwater freezes.

For this reason, putting salt on top of ice can help it melt if it is raining.


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Antifreeze and Salt
# According to "Lansing State Journal," antifreeze works in the same way as the practice of adding salt to water. Adding antifreeze to a car engine lowers the freezing point of fluids inside the engine. This stops the fluids from freezing on cold mornings so that the engine will run properly.


Read more: Why Does Salt Melt Ice So Fast? | eHow.co.ukehow.co.uk/abo…tml

My own thinking is you could try using a heat gun or hair dryer or steam machine but be carefull not to mealt the plastic pipe (do it short bursts)

Original Poster

thanks for the tips will try some in morning

Original Poster

can now report that i phoned the local housing association and they said just get on with it, and i thought i cant wait any longer and tried the hair dryer it took half a hour but never been so happy to see running water, washing machine working and clean dishes in my life, thanks

emma1987

can now report that i phoned the local housing association and they said … can now report that i phoned the local housing association and they said just get on with it, and i thought i cant wait any longer and tried the hair dryer it took half a hour but never been so happy to see running water, washing machine working and clean dishes in my life, thanks



Why do you need to phone the housing association to thaw out some ice?! Obvious, salt and/or heat!

emma1987

can now report that i phoned the local housing association and they said … can now report that i phoned the local housing association and they said just get on with it, and i thought i cant wait any longer and tried the hair dryer it took half a hour but never been so happy to see running water, washing machine working and clean dishes in my life, thanks



Because you had some ice? Your kids have no chance at life if they take after you, pour hot water down the sink, hardly rocket science.

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dcx_badass

Because you had some ice? Your kids have no chance at life if they take … Because you had some ice? Your kids have no chance at life if they take after you, pour hot water down the sink, hardly rocket science.


I bet they had a right giggle when OP rang up. Why cant some people think for themselves? Wasnt it obvious hot water would melt the ice lol

fancy using a hair dryer lmao
Edited by: "csiman" 20th Dec 2010

The hot water probably wouldn't work that well as the pipe will already be full of cold water unless she uses some sort of pump.

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Joey Bloggsy

The hot water probably wouldn't work that well as the pipe will already … The hot water probably wouldn't work that well as the pipe will already be full of cold water unless she uses some sort of pump.


the drain is blocked so pour the hot water in from the outside pipe outlet

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super_leeds_86

Why do you need to phone the housing association to thaw out some ice?! … Why do you need to phone the housing association to thaw out some ice?! Obvious, salt and/or heat!



because the house is a copeland homes property and i am only 23 and i did try salt and boiling water and it wasnt working, and i didnt want my kitchen flooded with water from my washing machine that was being filled up so i phoned someone for help

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dcx_badass

Because you had some ice? Your kids have no chance at life if they take … Because you had some ice? Your kids have no chance at life if they take after you, pour hot water down the sink, hardly rocket science.



no beacuse my kitchen was gettin flooded because the water from my washing machine was draining up through the kitchen sink

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csiman

I bet they had a right giggle when OP rang up. Why cant some people think … I bet they had a right giggle when OP rang up. Why cant some people think for themselves? Wasnt it obvious hot water would melt the ice lolfancy using a hair dryer lmao



well maybe they did but afterall you only learn through life experiences and advice and like ive mentioned im only 23 and nothing like this has happened before, i did try the boiling water but it didnt work and i heard that a hairdryer worked and guess what it did so who cares i asked for advice on here i didnt ask for people to criticise

It's good to see some member's being so helpful and others who act like total ****, imho.
Edited by: "fox2020" 20th Dec 2010

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emma1987

well maybe they did but afterall you only learn through life experiences … well maybe they did but afterall you only learn through life experiences and advice and like ive mentioned im only 23 and nothing like this has happened before, i did try the boiling water but it didnt work and i heard that a hairdryer worked and guess what it did so who cares i asked for advice on here i didnt ask for people to criticise


fair enough although if you had clarified the problem / attempted treatments more clearly, then you wouldnt be open to criticism

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note that the problem is only going to keep re-occurring and a remedy for the underlying problem should be sought.

I suspect the pipe is blocked to quite an extent thus standing water if freezing. Get some pipe & drain unblocker and pour down the pipe.

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Had this yesterday with a pipe leading from the sink frozen. Pouring hot water down the sink
Did nothing, what worked for us was wrapping old towels around the affected pipe (outside)
And pouring boiling water over it. Worked instantly.

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smidav

Had this yesterday with a pipe leading from the sink frozen. Pouring hot … Had this yesterday with a pipe leading from the sink frozen. Pouring hot water down the sink Did nothing, what worked for us was wrapping old towels around the affected pipe (outside) And pouring boiling water over it. Worked instantly.


but the pipe must still have been partially blocked initially as water wouldnt freeze in a pipe without a blockage (unless its -30 lol)

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csiman

but the pipe must still have been partially blocked initially as water … but the pipe must still have been partially blocked initially as water wouldnt freeze in a pipe without a blockage (unless its -30 lol)

Of course water does freeze in waste pipes even if they are clear!! I have the problem at the moment , had to take the pipe off and bring indoors to thaw out , ice came out like a long lollipop

emma1987

well maybe they did but afterall you only learn through life experiences … well maybe they did but afterall you only learn through life experiences and advice and like ive mentioned im only 23 and nothing like this has happened before, i did try the boiling water but it didnt work and i heard that a hairdryer worked and guess what it did so who cares i asked for advice on here i didnt ask for people to criticise


And I'm 21, I still know hot things melt ice though.

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goldmax

Of course water does freeze in waste pipes even if they are clear!! I … Of course water does freeze in waste pipes even if they are clear!! I have the problem at the moment , had to take the pipe off and bring indoors to thaw out , ice came out like a long lollipop


outlet pipes shouldnt have standing water in them outside the house!

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csiman

outlet pipes shouldnt have standing water in them outside the house!

I have two air source heat pumps outside , they have a defrost cycle and the waste water drains out down a plastic waste pipe, (a shallow angle though) this pipe has been frozen solid , have now insulated it

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goldmax

I have two air source heat pumps outside , they have a defrost cycle and … I have two air source heat pumps outside , they have a defrost cycle and the waste water drains out down a plastic waste pipe, (a shallow angle though) this pipe has been frozen solid , have now insulated it


completely different to waste water outlet pipes then

I rest my case

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csiman

completely different to waste water outlet pipes thenI rest my case

Not really , discusion now closed, waste water pipes can freeze

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