By Andy the stuff doer
It certainly is a cold snap we’re having at the moment, this morning the kitchen sink would not drain. This freezing problem could happen to bath drain pipes, basin waste pipes, shower waste pipes, washing machine drain pipes and in extreme circumstances toilet soil pipes and stacks.
This trick also works for condensate drain pipes from combi boilers, white or grey 20mm plastic pipe that comes through the wall behind the boiler and leads to a drain.
The freezing occurs where the pipe is outside as it runs to the soil stack or drain.
It took some thinking about to come up with a quick fix, this is it
Wrap some towels around the pipe, the thicker, most layers the better. Then pour very hot water water over the towels so they are soaked. BE CAREFUL OF SPLASHES AND SPILLS.
When the towels have cooled, apply another soaking. This was enough to open up our 32mm waste pipe so the sink drained.
Then run hot water from the tap for 10 mins to melt out any ice that’s left.
As a preventative measure I could now lag the pipe but I think the most important thing will be to make sure that no taps are dripping.
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And thanks to The Cheaterfield Post for suggesting I add this to my blog.