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Old 01-27-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Insulating rubble foundation


I have an old victorian house with a rubble foundation (maybe partial height)
At the present plumbing waste and supply lines run through it near an
outside wall. Every winter these supply lines freeze up for several days on end. I know the lines themselves are not wrapped with anything and the
foundation is not insulated. The research I have done suggests that insulating on the outside may create problems for the foundation in the future. and insulating on the inside would mean that frost could get into
the stones causing damage. Is there something I can do re insulation or
should I consider moving the plumbing to a warm zone. Help need to solve
problem before next winter.

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Old 01-27-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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a ' rubble ' foundation to you is a ' stone ' foundation to everyone else did your ' research ' ever uncover the words ' pipe insulation ' OR heat tape ? better search s'more,,, your foundation'll be fine in the meantime

( btw, where's the ' warm zone ' ? ) think you need to resolve this problem NOW before pipes freeze to the point of bursting come to think of it, i never saw a house w/waste SUPPLY line - our own home has a waste DISPOSAL line as did all our other homes

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Excuse me but I still working on being perfect! any pointers. Here in
my part of Canada the term Rubble foundation is used interchangeably
with stone. How about being smart not a " smart ass" I have wrapped
my pipes with pipe wrap. My problem is that I cannot access a section
of the supply lines ( pipes) since there is no access to that part of
the crawl space. Also heat tape is both dangerous ( against local building
code) and wouldnt work since I cannot get to that section of the pipes (supply lines). I didnt design or build the house. The house is over 140 years old and is built in the traditional "L" shaped style with a modern addition
to the rear( backside of the long portion of the "L". Supply lines come from
the addition into the old part of the house. I do have waste pipes but
my kitchen sink was plumbed into an under the house cistern, this I was
Oh and check out the thread Repointing old rubble foundation timp Building & Construction 7 04-06-2009 03:40 PMIs there not the word" Rubble" used here. Ha!
told was not code so and It would have to be plumbed into the main waste
pipe that goes into the cistern. Constructive help is always welcome, could
you offer up some?
Yes i have heard of pipe wrap, and I am glad you have waste disposal lines. I do to.

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