If indeed it is a frozen stack (rare), you may have to wait until
the house warms up enough.
RV Antifreeze (any auto parts store) is non-toxic, but I'll
be surprised if it does anything.
Boiling water in the bowl may crack the bowl.
May have to pull the toilet up and run a snake down the drain.
Did water spill out of the bowl onto the floor? If not,
how did water leak thru the ceiling.
My husband suspects the stack is blocked or frozen because when water
is run in both the bathtub and the toilet the water will not go down
the drain - it gets to the stack and backs up.
He thinks the bathtub and toilet overflowed due to the blockage and
that's how water leaked through the ceiling.
I think your husband is wrong, and it is not your fault.
When i leave for more than 24 hrs. In one minute I can close the main
incomming with a 1/2 turn ball valve open a house drain and open all
sinks, showers and flush the toilets, leaving the house empty and
freeze proof to all but extremes. For 35$ I have a freeze sensor that
calls me if the furnace breaks and temps go to 42f.
It is Not your fault babe, It is his lack of planing understanding of
water catastrophies. Water damage is Hell, but can be minimised by
a. Lose the husband who is threatening divorce over this. No one needs an
asshole like him in their lives.
b. Call your insurance company. They will help you out. This has happened
countless times before.
c. Learn from it.
d. Don't forget A.
Sam, I've got to set you straight about Point A. My husband is the best
guy you'll ever meet (how many other guys would work from home so they
could take care of the baby while the wife goes to school?). I don't
blame him for being upset since a) it was a stupid thing to do and b)
he's the one who's ultimately going to have to deal with it.
Don't feel bad, if you were a COMPLETE idiot you would not have come
here for advice. :-)
As noted, the first stop is the insurance company and the second the
plumber. Don't bother with and serous clean up until the plumber is done
and you have talked with the insurance company.
I hope that the fact that your don't live there full time does not cause
any insurance issues.
Thanks, Joseph. The problem is how to find a good plumber? My husband
has not had great experiences with them in the past so he plans to come
back and fix the problem himself as soon as we get about 5 days in a
row of above zero temperatures.
You may want to consider that there may be more expensive damage than he
is thinking about. You really should not begin repairs until you have
contacted the insurance company. If you are sure the damage is minimal and
you don't want to use your insurance, then that is fine. If he knows basic
plumbing, and how to sweat a pipe joint, he should be OK.
As advised, call your insurance company first. If there is any kind of
damage that will require tear down and reconstruction call a Public
Adjuster. He will assess the damage, provide an estimate of repair costs
and deal with the insurance company. Yes you pay him a fee but you will get
more than your money's worth. Don't under estimate the damage.
Just one think that no one has said explicitly yet. In exposure to cold,
pipes do freeze and burst. But most of the time they just freeze. When it
warms up and the ice in the pipes melt, the water starts flowing again
normally. In your case the pipe did burst at one point, but that does not
mean it burst or will burst anywhere else. If you can isolate the break via
shutoff valves, you may be able to turn the water on in other areas of the
house. Of course don't do this if you are not going to be there.
Also concerning your response about the power going out: Your radiators are
kept warm by a gas or oil fired boiler BUT this boiler depends on
electricity for its operation. If your electricity went out your radiators
would not produce any heat and the pipes would have frozen, no matter
whether your turned the heat down or not.
Blame the toddler. Musta happened when he was in charge?
At the moment, enough with the blame. You figured out that no heat means
frozen pipes. And you told anyone who is reading, thus saving everyone else
the same fate.
You've had some excellent advice on finding leaks. Calling a plumber is also
an excellent idea.
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