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 Need help - I believe I have frozen pipes. (Pictures provided)
Author: Proof03 (CO)

Hello all, hope all is going well. Long story short, I woke to find that I have no running water. At first there was a few drops but now there's nothing. If this matters, I live in a mobile home. I'm assuming the pipes outside are frozen. I'm no expert that's just my assumption from talking with neighbors/online research. Here are two pictures of what I believe is my water meter and the water pipe leading into the home. I really need some help with this, please. I've done some research online and some say use a heater or heat tape to the pipe but I want to get help based on my specific problem and I'm hoping the pictures will help. Thanks all.


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 Re: Need help - I believe I have frozen pipes. (Pictures provided)
Author: hj (AZ)

The picture of the gas meter has nothing to do with you not having any water. That exposed hose is probably at least one spot where it is frozen.

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 Re: Need help - I believe I have frozen pipes. (Pictures provided)
Author: Proof03 (CO)

Thank you for the reply. I just came back inside from talking with the community manager and he told me that was the gas also. The water is under a small box next to the gas stuff. He advised me I shouldn't try and fix it myself because I'm likely to cause more damage than what's already done, meaning break the pipes and cause a leak. Would you suggest the same?

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 Re: Need help - I believe I have frozen pipes. (Pictures provided)
Author: packy (MA)

when pipes freeze, you thaw them. it is that simple..
but, what is not simple is locating where they are frozen and having the knowledge and equipment to un-freeze them.
so, this time, call a plumber and watch what is done so next time you can do it yourself.

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 Re: Need help - I believe I have frozen pipes. (Pictures provided)
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

Exposed water lines, require protection, especially where you are located. Protection, might include, HEAT CORD by Frostex, Fiber/Foam insulation and box protection. Thawing frozen lines... is an artform, provided by licensed plumbers. Yes, you can do it but if you cause damage, you could be without water a lot longer than you want to be.

Best Wishes

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 Re: Need help - I believe I have frozen pipes. (Pictures provided)
Author: DaveMill (CA)

With respect, the fact that you did not know the gas meter was not associated with the plumbing means that you have little experience. The plumbing in mobile homes typically uses very thin plastic pipes that you can break just by handling (speaking from experience here). Be extremely cautious, and consider taking your community manager's advice to call a plumber.

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