Another frozen pipe thread

Janine

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Having survived the sub-zero temperatures at Baltic Wharf since Sunday, I've now moved to the C&cc site at Oxford. They phoned to warn me that they had frozen water pipes and to fill up before getting here.

Unfortunately my pipes are now frozen too so I can't get any water out of my taps.

I have the heating on but I'm nervous of putting the water heater on in case it doesn't have any water in the tank.

Is that the correct thing to do or should I put the water heater on to help keep the water flowing?
 
Jul 29, 2013
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If I were you I would wait till the heating gets the van warm leave the taps open and you will know when they are thawed as for water heater I would wait until water is running then you can fill the boiler
I usually have water heater on in cold weather just to stop it freezing up.
Hope all is ok and you don’t have any leaks(y)(y)(y)
 
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Janine

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I have had the water heater on since Sunday but when I realised that the pump was running but no water coming through, I turned it off.

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I have had the water heater on since Sunday but when I realised that the pump was running but no water coming through, I turned it off.

Hoping the answer is no but I know how I, too, am worrying at the moment.. :( Is there any chance that your pipes/tank has burst and released the water? That why the pump running dry?

Not described that very well sorry.
 
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Janine

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I know what you mean but the gauge is showing the tank's still full. I want to try and stop the hot water tank from freezing up and getting damaged.
 
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I dont know if you can see feel and pipework maybe its blocked with ice dosnt take much.If you feel any cold spots try thawing it out with a hairdryer maybe.

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if its a combi having the heating on for a couple of hours should thaw everything onless it a bit of exposed pipe underneath
 
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Janine

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if its a combi having the heating on for a couple of hours should thaw everything onless it a bit of exposed pipe underneath

Crazy that the manufacturer should route pipes outside in this country, isn't it? I've had the heating on since lunchtime and resorted to putting the fan heater under the bed to no avail. Hopefully the heating will keep up the temperature around the hot water tank. Not much more I can do tonight and tomorrow is another day.

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Oct 17, 2013
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We don't winterise and store our van as we usually use it all year round. That has been scuppered by the flippin recall this year. Our local Fiat dealer has had our van since 8 February, the weather was milder and we certainly didn't anticipate that they would still have our van more than 3 weeks later. In these conditions we would be able to check our van and would have put a greenhouse heater inside to keep everything from freezing. I bet they are not taking similar precautions while our van is in their care, and I am now worrying that we are going to end up with frozen and / or burst pipes to add to our woes.
 

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We have our van at home and on hook up. I have the water heater set at the lower of the 2 temperatures (40deg) the blown air heating set at 10deg and always on and supplement the internal temperature with a small oil filled radiator set low. The grey tank is empty and I have left the outlet valve open. The clean water is about half full. Morning and evening I am checking the van by going in and turning on the bathroom tap to check hot water comes out, and drains out of the grey tank. I also check it feels OK inside. There is an internal thermometer which is at the opposite end to the oil filled radiator and generally reads about 7 deg.
 
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If it's a Truma combined HW & heating having either turned on will prevent any possibility of the boiler freezing. The two systems are concentric around the same burner. One ring of flame heats the boiler and a second concentric ring heats a heat exchanger for the warm air. Heat from either flame ring will warm the boiler.

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I guess I will have to wait till it thaws on Monday. Can't believe there are people in tents at the site!
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At least I’m not the only one! My exploits are posted under the title Frozen MH pipes and taps.

Hope it all goes well for everyone.
 
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The Truma water heater exits a the top so should have water in it if you have electric fan heaters as well as gas on it may slowly thaw I would leave the cold tap on and keep switching the pump on. I`ve had loads of calls today from people with condensing boilers saying they had stopped working, it`s all down to the cold snap
 
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Make up a mixture of a large amount of salt mixed with a small amount of water and pour it into your fresh water tank inlet. Best to fill until overflowing as it will place a head of salt water on the water pump which normally sits at a lower level. It's worked for us in the past when the fresh water tank has frozen. Refill with fresh water once things start moving. Allow the salt water mix to move into the waste tank to sort out any frozen water in that area.

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Janine

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Thanks for the replies! I will have a go at the salt trick.

It looks like the last day of minus temperatures tomorrow so fingers crossed that everyone's water systems thaw out without damage.
 
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We don't winterise and store our van as we usually use it all year round. That has been scuppered by the flippin recall this year. Our local Fiat dealer has had our van since 8 February, the weather was milder and we certainly didn't anticipate that they would still have our van more than 3 weeks later. In these conditions we would be able to check our van and would have put a greenhouse heater inside to keep everything from freezing. I bet they are not taking similar precautions while our van is in their care, and I am now worrying that we are going to end up with frozen and / or burst pipes to add to our woes.
I'd get in first with an email to them pointing out the likelihood of freezing,dumping,damage ,etc; & stating that you won't be removing it until all heating hotwater systems have been fully tested .
 

Allanm

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Luckily, our 21 year old Swift has an internal water tank and pipe work. The only thing outside is the waste tank and waste pipes. A few days ago, in temperatures of around -8 and high winds, we noticed the water wasn’t draining from the bathroom sink, I assumed a frozen waste trap on that pipe, and the drain taps on the waste tank were frozen.
No damage when they thawed out, thank goodness.

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I guess I will have to wait till it thaws on Monday. Can't believe there are people in tents at the site!

We stayed at Scotgate Holiday Park at Braithwaite, just outside Keswick one December. There were a couple of tents set up in the snow. Val called into the toilet block on our way back from the pub that evening, she said there were three girls in their sleeping bags, sleeping on the under heated floor in the Ladies toilets as they couldn't stand it any longer under canvas.(y):)
 
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Janine. You are not alone with this problem during the recent cold weather. Sometimes I call in to see what this nice couple who upload on YouTube are up to and they have the same problem.

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