Frozen underground downspout drain pipe

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by New & Improved - N/F John, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. I recently had a drain pipe sunk into the driveway to the curb and it has
    worked quite well up until this winter. It must be frozen because some
    water is seeping into the basement.

    Is there any environmentally safe, PVC safe stuff that can be put into the
    pipe melt the ice? I thought about hot water.
     
    New & Improved - N/F John, Feb 7, 2004
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  2. New & Improved - N/F John

    Doug Guest

    Salt, salt water?

    Doug


    "New & Improved - N/F John" <> wrote in message
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    : I recently had a drain pipe sunk into the driveway to the curb and it has
    : worked quite well up until this winter. It must be frozen because some
    : water is seeping into the basement.
    :
    : Is there any environmentally safe, PVC safe stuff that can be put into the
    : pipe melt the ice? I thought about hot water.
    :
    :
     
    Doug, Feb 8, 2004
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  3. I spoken to two other folks in my area. They are having similar problems.
    I wouldn't want to guess how much salt I'd have to put in there. The pipe
    is over twenty five feet.

    Someone suggested I put a diverter valve so in the winter the water could
    run done surface of the drive, but this defeats the purpose of the pipe.

    "Doug" <> wrote in message
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    > Salt, salt water?
    >
    > Doug
    >
    >
    > "New & Improved - N/F John" <> wrote in message
    > news:40250829$0$20052$...
    > : I recently had a drain pipe sunk into the driveway to the curb and it

    has
    > : worked quite well up until this winter. It must be frozen because some
    > : water is seeping into the basement.
    > :
    > : Is there any environmentally safe, PVC safe stuff that can be put into

    the
    > : pipe melt the ice? I thought about hot water.
    > :
    > :
    >
    >
     
    New & Improved - N/F John, Feb 9, 2004
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  4. New & Improved - N/F John

    Doug Guest

    Well, I know you can buy the heated wire line by the foot for thawing out
    pipes and stuff, maybe if you could sleeve it somehow and run it down the
    main pipe in question and attach an electrical plug at the end, this would
    work, just plug it in when it starts to freeze and it would probably keep
    enough heat to keep it thawed.

    This is a new one on me so I'm just brain storming here. If I think of any
    other novel idea's, I"ll post them. But this seems to be one of the better
    options for you at this point.

    Doug


    "New & Improved - N/F John" <> wrote in message
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    : I spoken to two other folks in my area. They are having similar problems.
    : I wouldn't want to guess how much salt I'd have to put in there. The pipe
    : is over twenty five feet.
    :
    : Someone suggested I put a diverter valve so in the winter the water could
    : run done surface of the drive, but this defeats the purpose of the pipe.
    :
    : "Doug" <> wrote in message
    : news:YLtVb.2479$...
    : > Salt, salt water?
    : >
    : > Doug
    : >
    : >
    : > "New & Improved - N/F John" <> wrote in message
    : > news:40250829$0$20052$...
    : > : I recently had a drain pipe sunk into the driveway to the curb and it
    : has
    : > : worked quite well up until this winter. It must be frozen because
    some
    : > : water is seeping into the basement.
    : > :
    : > : Is there any environmentally safe, PVC safe stuff that can be put into
    : the
    : > : pipe melt the ice? I thought about hot water.
    : > :
    : > :
    : >
    : >
    :
    :
     
    Doug, Feb 9, 2004
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  5. New & Improved - N/F John

    ameijers Guest

    "HA HA Budys Here" <> wrote in message
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    > >From: "Doug"

    >
    > >

    >(snip)
    > The solution is defensive - the pipe should have been buried below the

    frost
    > line.

    Kinda hard to do that and still have it drain into the street gutter. Any
    downspout extension that ends above ground WILL freeze at times. The
    diverter valve, or better yet replumbing the downspout to flow elsewhere,
    and probably the only practical solutions. Some people do bury them deep and
    run them into drywells, but if they get clogged with leaves or roof crud,
    they are a bitch to clean out.

    aem sends...
     
    ameijers, Feb 10, 2004
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