We arose this morning to frozen water lines somewhere. A few nights ago we cracked several faucets, which usually keeps the pipes from freezing: something about moving water does not freeze?
It is 4/5 degrees F with wind chill of -9/10 degrees F. WE BOTH FORGOT TO OPEN FAUCETS ON THE COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YOUNg NEW YEAR!Old timer's Alzheimer's is setting in.
There is a concrete block building on the property that was intended to be an one room fishing cabin and single car garage. It was plumbed for water and a toilet. A washroom deep sink was installed with an old fashioned free standing faucet, [otherwise known as a silcock, similar to graphic]. The stump for the toilet was connected to an old septic tank.
We inherited an antiquated plumbing system with the property and the building. we moved a double wide manufactured home on the property.
The building, plumbing and concrete septic tank were probably built in the time of Noah. They do not meet any building codes.
The city water system, which is probably 50 years old, enters our property to a concrete drop box and runs to another concrete drop box equipped with freestanding faucet (silcock) which also served as shut-off connection. This silcock valve control has rusted off---thank goodness in the open position. A garden hose could be connected to provide an outdoor source.
The water system makes a 90 degree turn into the concrete building to the inside silcock and then exits to another connection under our house. This is definitely hillbilly engineering.
Previously when the water system froze, the trouble spot is the concrete building silcock where exits the crude concrete floor. The concrete's surface was not finished: feels like walking on creek gravel.
So (H) is out looking for one of our plumber friends who has a kerosene blower heater that looks like an horizontal stove pipe. [similar to graphic] .
We had a gallon of bottled water to make coffee this morning. Otherwise, we both might not be fit for conversation. In fact, I made extra cups. We will need it.
It's crisis time at Nitwit1. We can handle this one, let's hope there is only one.