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Old 06-29-2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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drain in a cold zone?

can a drain and trap from a bathtub enter a cold zone, behind insulation and the vapour barrier and then return into the warm zone in the house?


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Old 06-29-2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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A drain line can, but a trap may freeze.


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Old 06-29-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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if it freezes will it crack the pipe? it should have enough room for expansion right? and the next shower will melt the ice anyway. is this a safe idea, cause i have no other options?
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If the trap freezes then it CAN break. Will it break? Who knows but you are creating conditions that can cause it to happen. As far as the next shower thawing the ice clog.....how high do you imagine the water in the tub will be before that clog melts? My bet is mid calf.
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it will expand alright

you will have to do something to keep it from freezing. why cant it be insulated? what is below it. how do you plan to seal the hole in insulation that you made. is there access to the bottom of drain? if so you will need to figure out how to hang insulation................... there is another option here. you can let the hot water run all winter plus spring until the frost come out of the ground. breid
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Where are you located?
What type of pipe - PVC - yes it will crack or burst the seal/joint where it is glued together


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