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Timdb
Pipes Freeze in Winter
Timdb

The pipes to our washing machine freeze, and a contractor's solution was to install a vent to allow warm air from the laundry room to keep the pipe warm. That made things better, but the pipes still freeze occasionally. I believe another vent needs to be put in the wall past the stud that is blocking warm air from accessing all of the above ground pipes. The contractor is hesitant to do that because it will affect the "look" of our laundry room. I don't care, it's a laundry room after all, but is there another solution? Our house is on a slab, no basement.

ed21
Re: Pipes Freeze in Winter
ed21

Another vent to get convection of air going might help. Getting insulation between the pipe and the outside wall will help. Heat tape could possibly applied to the pipe. If the pipes are in the slab with no insulation, that could be a problem. Moving the pipes outside of the wall(exposed) would help. I'm with you, it's a laundry room and I'd rather not have frozen pipes.

dj1
Re: Pipes Freeze in Winter
dj1

What ed21 said.

If you still get frozen pipes after bringing warm air, you may have to improve the insulation in the exterior wall. Open the wall from the inside - I bet you'll see insufficient insulation.

CeliaP
Re: Pipes Freeze in Winter
CeliaP

We have an unheated basement - all electric house so no furnace - and temps can really drop. Previous homeowner wrapped basement pipes with insulation and heating wire with additional insulation on top. We found out that if the heating wire is not on then pipes will freeze. Not a pretty solution but if it's in a laundry room this may work for you.

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