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Old 10-04-2010, 03:46 PM   #1
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Heating a basement

I am considering walling off an area in my unheated basement of my summer cottage where all the plumbing is. This area measures approx. 20 feet by 6 feet and 8 feet high. The purpose is to protect my pipes from freezing and also would extend the use of my cottage throughout the winter. I am thinking an electrical heat source. What would I need to heat such an area to maintain a 50 degree temp.? The use of heat tapes makes me uneasy.


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Old 10-04-2010, 04:32 PM   #2
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:41 PM   #3
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Figuring the need for heat has a lot to do with the location's climate, and how you construct/insulate the new heated space.

Also, if you are worried about pipes freezing, then what is your plan for an extended power outtage during a time when you can not go there to keep an eye on things? My folks simply drain their plumbing between winter cabin visits. I'm not sure what they do for the hot water heater, traps, or toilet.
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You would need to drain the water heater and also flush all toilets with the water shut off and put antifreeze in toilets and traps.

Most of the plumbing, hot and cold, will be drained when you open all faucets and drain the water heater.
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.
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