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Old 01-07-2017, 11:29 AM   #1
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Frozen Kitchen sink Water line


Ok so here in Dallas, TX it got down to 16* and I am the lucky butthead that has a frozen water line.
My kitchen sink has no hot or cold water, nothing comes out, but everything else is fine. 2 bathrooms, showers, toilets, fine, hot and cold no problem.

My hot water heater is in the garage (un-insulated).
I am curious to know how can I find the frozen section? Or do I have to wait it out until it thaws?
I had a small portable heater under the sink for hours, didn't seems to help.

I took pics of the copper flex pipe off my water tank that seems to be cold.
Also 2 pics of my the attic, not sure what to do.

Any thoughts.
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Re: Frozen Kitchen sink Water line


Just a wag but the cold water line that feeds the water heater for hot and cold water to that kitchen sink is in an outer wall and the water pipe is on the wrong side of the insulation. A typical builder / contractor error when insulation isn't understood. Wait until it thaws and hope it doesn't leak.

During the next extreme cold in your area leave the cold water tap running over night with a stream about the size of the lead in a pencil. During awake hours and the sink is being used occasionally that little stream isn't necessary. This worked at my house last night with a over night low of 3F. and has always worked for me.
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Based on your description, the lines to the kitchen are frozen so you have isolated the section of pipe. Look for areas where the lines go through openings and apply a small amount of heat. A hair dryer works good, or even a 100w light bulb.
I would leave your kitchen tap open, and start warming the lines. I would also let the water run in other areas of the home. It will eventually thaw, and hopefully its not frozen hard because that could crack the pipe.

Get all hands on deck. Give any one in the home something to heat the lines from the kitchen faucet back to the connection where their is flow
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I have a portable heater under the sink, those lines are warm/hot.
I just can't reach the line from the water heater to the sink as I think it runs along the outside bricks and it's frozen.
My washer doesn't have any water either.

You said to continuously run the water in another bathroom.
Does it matter, hot or cold?

I have both taps open in the kitchen sink.

Others in my neighborhood have no water to the washer, but everyone's sink (but one (hot line only frozen) seems to be fine or they aren't saying anything on social media.
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Run your shower with hot and cold
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Well the kitchen came back on, hot and cold. Don't see any leaks yet..... Hope there aren't any, but walking around the house I see this.....
Real life issues.....
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You can deal with that. Hard to tell from the pic, but was that a leak that froze or did it crack the silcock.
Regarding the interior, if its going to freeze tonight, leave your faucets dripping as Senior suggests.
Make sure your cabinet doors are open as well so heat can get in the cabinet.
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Not sure......
It's not dripping right now, after I took the ice off of it, so I don't know.....
I'm afraid to turn it on, haha......
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If ice cracked the supply line, when it thaws you will have a mess if the pipe cracked inside the wall. If there is a shut off to that spigot, turn the water off
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There is no shutoff that I can find, so if I do discover a leak I will have to turn the water off from the street.
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