I broke the ceiling in the garage and I found out why the pipe froze.
first of all it was quite cold last night, second of all the pipes for the
kitchen pass very close to the garage wall through the ceiling/floor of the
kitchen, along the drain. for some reason a very cold current of air is
coming out of this hole where the pipes are entering
I unfroze the pipe with a hairdrier (it din't take long) and now the water
flows and the pipe is very hot.
#1 no water is dripping out of the wall and I don't hear any noise.
I assume that if the pipe was cracked it would be like a volcano under he
wall, since the water has high pressure and so on. so therefore the pipe
#2 the pipe goes to the top floor kitchen too, except in that appartment
there's no kitchen cause we're remodeling. so I can't let the water drip.
tonight it will be very cold again so I will let the water drip in the
bottom floor kitchen but I can't do it in the top floor. if the water is
really hot in the bottom kitchen end of the pipe, can the water in the same
line still freeze in the top kitchen, some 8 feet above? this is for the hot
what about the cold water line? it will drip too in the bottom kitchen, but
it will be cold, not like the other pipe.
eventually the pipes will be relocated a few inches away from the garage
wall, along the garage ceiling, and they'll be insulated, but for tonight,
and probably the rest of the winter they'll stay in the same place. is there
anything I can do to prevent them from freezing again and cracking?