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Old 01-18-2015, 05:36 PM   #46
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I went up and tried to get better photos not sure if they are or aren't

Today it was 35 degrees out here and I had not a single issue when the pump kicked on
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:15 PM   #47
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This is starting to get pretty funny.

Is that a piece of pvc in photos 2 & 4, running on the attic floor, horizontally?
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:11 AM   #48
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Yes the piece running horizontal is part of an exhaust vent

The fact that it only happen when it's belowfreezing is what has me so baffled
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Old 01-19-2015, 01:29 PM   #49
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Did you have an actual plumber come and un bury the venting to look for a non pitched (self draining) area. If it holds water it will freeze. Insulation itself does not prevent freezing. It just slows it down. Think of what happens when you stick an insulated glass of water in your freezer it will freeze.
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No I haven't like I said the first plumber said to make the pipe that sticks out of the roof taller - the second plumber said the problem was them being too tall.

But we are again above freezing again today and still no problems with the pump.

Apparently I'm in the hunt for a third plumber to come look at the vents...
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See if you can find a plumber that does residential new work. Repair plumbers are sometimes lacking in knowlege.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:32 PM   #52
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Quick up - first very hard to find a plumber! I feel like the few I've spoken with I know more than they seem to

Anyways, we have been using the shower on the main floor (so no one has to go running up from the basement to run water to fill the traps). I noticed today that while brushing my teeth the pump kicked in to empty...but the drains didn't empty - the drains only empty when the shower is running??? And yes it's well below freezing here the last week
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