Frozen Sewer Lines

Frozen sewer lines are a mess. Fortunately, they don’t happen as often as frozen water lines. It is very hard to use a torch on 4″ ABS pipe without damaging it, and the volume of ice requires LOTS of heat to unthaw. My least messy, least dangerous, but slow approach was to attach heat tape

Frozen Water Lines

Heat tape used to keep the water line from freezing as it goes from underground to inside the home. Newer homes all have an electrical outlet under the house near where the water line enters. This makes it convenient to plug the tape in there and minimizes the length required. The tape is uncoiled and