I live in Minneapolis and just bought a new house.
On the first cold winter night, no water came out of the upstairs
bathroom cold faucet.
The pipe, I discovered, is really close to an outside wall.
I was wondering if replacing the copper pipe with pex pipe would be a
thanks a lot,
While our cold is no match for yours, I had a similar problem with
this house, the upstairs feed pipes run close to the siding and would
freeze up every time it got cold. We slid the foam insulation up the
pipes from the bottom, & haven't frozen up since.
Is there insulation in the outside wall? If it is the fiberglass bats,
or any other insulation, it should be between the outside wall and the
pipes.That way, it will get the heat from the inside living space rather
than the outside air.
_What about freeze-break resistance?_
"Vanex PEX will stretch slightly to accommodate the expansion of
frozen water, then return to its original size when the water thaws.
This memory is a feature of cross-linked material, giving it
thermo-elastic behavior. Although freeze-break resistant, no pipe is
freeze-break proof under all circumstances. Insulation of plumbing
pipes as instructed by local codes is still required."
Is there any way the pipe can be run where it wont freeze, Mine froze
luckily I re routed through a closet. You just dont want it to freeze.
Where I am now no water is within 3 ft of an exterior wall, a smart
design. There is heat tape and foam insulation if you cant re route.
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