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Old 01-27-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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my water was froze for 4 days it broke at the main shutoff and was spraying water for a few hours underneath mobile home.got someone to change it and he put new pipe in,got water back but when i went to flush the toilet it backed up into tub same with bathroom at other end of house sink washer everything keeps backing up used a salamander heater for several hours under house but still nothing any help would be appreciatedp.s cant afford a plumber for at least 2 weeks and cant go that long without shower washer toilet dishes.

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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Ayuh,.... It's hard to say Where it's frozen, other than it's Somewhere in the sewer pipin'...

Heat it where ya Think it's froze, 'n hope ya get it right...

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the problem is the entire pipr feels cold so really no way to find the exact spot wasnt sure if there was anything besides heat i could try
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If there is no under pinning around the structure to retain some heat your best option is to heat trace (tape) and insulate the exposed pipes and hope none of them split from expansion.
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Ayuh,... It's Probably where it exits the heated area of the trailer, where there's less pitch to keep it movin'...

While it's possible that Salt could help, I'm guessin' gettin' the salt to where it'll help, probably ain't possible...

Gettin' the frozen area to above 32 is the only way I know of...
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There should not have any water in the drains line. Could freeze at the p-trap for the shower or tub. Sound like you got a clogged sewer line.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:17 PM   #7
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Can you insulate around the base, and use a kerosene jet heater pointed under there? That should work pretty fast, I would think. Just dont burn your place down. Better dirty than homeless. Have you tried boiling water down the traps? OK Boiling Salty Water.
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When I lived in NH we had to have solid skirting, all the water lines and drains had heat tape, insulation then pressure treaetd boxing around all the lines.
One winter I saw lines 24" below ground freeze up.
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On a drain line the only thing that can freeze is a p-trap. Don't they pitch the pipe under a trailer.
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It's pitched but I've often seen them run above ground for some distance before going under ground to the tank.
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Get some trash bags and a five gallon bucket, cut the tub drain run it on the ground, wash dishes in the tub. Does it drain at all. Where are you? How would the drain freeze and not the pipes. Must be frozen under ground. If it drains, run the sink and see how long it takes before overflowing.

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