Funny to put this into “Water Cooler” lol
It is neg-19F here. It’ll start warming this afternoon and eve-night.
I need some advice about my frozen toilet water line / pipe. If I can do nothing and let it thaw, it’d be best for me. Otherwise, I forget the best way to unfreeze the line / pipes. A few years ago, we heated the BR through heating the porcelain with a space heater. But it’s so cold, I’m afraid to do it…
Toilet sits at an angle in a corner of a small bathroom. Not much room in there. No way to heat from either side, so must be from front of the bowl-- which is not where the pipes are.
The copper pipe drops from the tank, then is bent around the outside BR wall to the sink (which is still dripping cold water from the tap), then the copper pipe drops through hole into unheated crawl space. Have 2 of those. Where it drops down is a about a length of 26-28 foot crawl space from backdoor to side wall of bathroom. A second 15x20 foot room-size crawl space comes from the bathroom doorway, going on the 20-feet side toward the main basement. I don’t think the pipes in the crawl space are frozen in this instance.
The distance of that copper pipe in the bathroom, though, is less than 3-5 feet on the outside wall of the BR. The sink (closest to the BR door, and thus, closer to the main basement, is still flowing cold water (have had that dripping or lightly running for nearly a week).
My next worry with setting up a heater is both the BR and next room, DR, are on old 15amp house wiring. The kitchen has newer wiring (20 ?) on breakers. Running a heavy duty orange extension cord could overheat / melt the 15amp wiring, and to never plug it into a power strip because it will overheat those.
I could set up the orange cord from the kitchen to the BR door and plug the heater into that… Would that be the safest plan?
Or, can I just let that short distance of the pipe in the BR thaw out as the air temp rises, plus keeping the furnace running at a high temp to force warm air into the BR… ??