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Winter Is Here :(

Discussion in 'Me, My Herd, My Family' started by AndrewJYang, Dec 5, 2018 at 10:24 PM.

  1. Dec 5, 2018 at 10:24 PM
    AndrewJYang

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    Hey guys, I'm Andrew from Toronto.
    The water pump on our barn got frozen up!
    Now we will have to carry the water every now and then. So we need to unfreeze it as soon as possible. If anyone here knows any DIY hacks for unfreezing frozen pipes, please share it with me. Already searched on google and found some tips but none of em worked.

    One of my friends suggested hiring a nearby plumbing service. But before calling them I would like to hear from you. It will be of great if you could share your suggestions or tips in unfreezing the pumps and pipes. Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Dec 6, 2018 at 12:40 AM
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    Greetings and welcome to BYH Andrew, from NE TX! So glad you joined us, but sorry for the reason you're here. Some pictures of the pump(s) & piping you're trying to "unfreeze" would help immensely. Hard to determine what might work best with no idea what exactly you're dealing with (aside from the frozen part that is). I'd consider building an insulated enclosure around the pump (make a pump house) and place a heating source inside to keep it above freezing inside. That will take care of the pump issue. As for the piping, if it's metal, you could use a "heat tape" that wraps around the pipe and plugs in to keep it warm. If PVC, I'm not sure what you could do. Typically, I'd bury the piping below the frost line (Gets pretty cold up there in your neck of the woods) from the pump house to a "hydrant" or stand pipe near where the water needs to be. When you lever the spigot handle to closed, the water drains out the bottom (below frost line), keeping the pipe from freezing.

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  3. Dec 7, 2018 at 12:53 PM
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    I have used a hand held hair dryer with success before.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2018 at 3:07 PM
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    I think you should call definitely the plumbing company.
    They are right there, have the expertise and equipment to get it unthawed while the temps are still relatively high. Currently 27F degrees there, tomorrow will be up to 36F so it's going to be cost effective to just spend the $$$ and get it set for the deep freeze that's coming.
    Besides, all economies need to be supported by us spending our hard earned $$ somewhere so definitely let the professionals take care of this.
    ;)
     
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