We stay out within the nation however this story might simply as simply occur to somebody within the metropolis. After 25 years of dwelling in the identical location, our water line froze on us this winter. We had a really early begin to winter this 12 months. In November the temperatures obtained right down to single digits and we did not have any snow. Had we had snow together with the chilly temperatures, it in all probability would not have been so unhealthy. The snow tends to behave as an insulator and retains the chilly from driving down into the bottom. The place we stay, within the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico, the frost line is right down to about 3 ft. The traditional knowledge has at all times been that in case your pipes are at the least 3 toes deep, then they will not freeze. However, since we did not have the snow masking the bottom and, I am pondering, since our pipes are buried beneath an space the place the water usually runs throughout run-off (out right here, we name these little stream beds arroyos), there is a good probability that a number of inches or extra of protecting grime has been washed away over time. Does not appear like the bottom degree has dropped a lot, but it surely’s onerous to recollect over time simply what the bottom appeared like 25 years in the past!
Backside line is, our pipes froze they usually froze onerous. Our water line travels at the least 700 toes from the properly home to our house on prime of the hill. By the point our line froze, we did have snow masking the bottom and that made it much more troublesome to cope with. I imply, the place does one begin when one has 700 toes of water line underground? Digging it up simply did not appear to be an choice. Fortunately there’s solely my spouse and I and our two canine so we determined we might simply wait it out till the pipes thawed. Do not get me flawed. I did not simply quit. I used to be pro-active.
I disconnected the primary water line in the home, put in a union (plumbing system which permits for 2 items of pipe to be taken aside and put again collectively) in-line and tried working scorching water again down the road – even with a small pump this did not work, could not get it to push towards the air block – and connected an air compressor to the road to attempt to blow it again out. This really labored at one level. We had water for 4 days till we left one night and did not assume to let the water drip to forestall one other freezing! The 2nd time it froze is after we had the strong freeze that lasted for about 6 weeks and would not budge, it doesn’t matter what we did.
Even with our resolve to not let this example get us down, after a couple of week and a half, I began to assume “outdoors the field.” It occurred to me that since we had a water hydrant down on the backside of the driveway, simply 250 toes away, that I’d have the ability to use that to our benefit. I got here up with the concept of working a hose from the hydrant as much as the surface water faucet on the facet of the home. Appeared affordable sufficient to me, so after getting the right adapters, I used to be capable of do exactly that. Through the day, so long as the temperatures have been above 28 levels or so, I used to be capable of run the water from the hydrant up the hill and into the home. Because the outdoors faucet was proper about the place the primary water line installation line got here in, the entire home system, together with the recent water heater, turned charged. All proper! Water! At night time, simply because the temperatures have been dropping means again down, I must shut down the system and drain the hoses after which, the following day, when the temperatures obtained again as much as 28 levels or higher, I might hook the system again up.
I believe this technique would work in a pinch within the metropolis or suburbs the place the homes are shut collectively. One would merely hook their hose to a neighbor’s faucet till such time because the water line thawed or was different clever corrected.