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Frozen underground plastic water pipe.

I love you man...

unless your reaaaaaaly quick :-)

Just another set back to not using copper :-)

(where's ken when you need him)

I use to hook up a welder to the curb stop and the main inside line, can;t do that with plastic :-)


  • Steve BergersonSteve Bergerson Member Posts: 38
    How do I thaw a plastic underground water pipe?

    Here in Northern Minnesota, we have had sub zero weather with no snow this year. Many people are experiencing problems with frozen water and septic pipes.

    I need to thaw a 1" black plastic water line that is burried 6 feet below ground and is 30' long. I know some use steamers, but I can't find a source for them. Any suggestions would be apprecieated.
  • D luxD lux Member Posts: 230

    if its a block wall it might be air droping down the core bust a hole in the block and try a hair dryer . let us know if it works

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  • Steve BergersonSteve Bergerson Member Posts: 38

    The freeze is 15 feet away from the building foundation, under 6 feet of earth. I used an electricians fish tape to probe down the line to measure how far away from the building the freeze starts.
  • John FelcianoJohn Felciano Member Posts: 411

    We've had great luck thawing these types of lines out by pumping hot water into them.We made up a rig that uses a propane burner,a transfer pump, and 1/4" copper tube.

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  • John CockerillJohn Cockerill Member Posts: 94
    frozen pipe

    Might try a hot water flush, fish down the pipe with a smaller sized 3/4 plastic pipe. You can get the pipe at an Irrigation supply house.
  • ScottScott Member Posts: 5,884
    Why Not

    Purchase a roll of the smallest pex tubing you can, hook it up to the hot water heater with a backflow preventer and a small pump. Then fish it down the line. Turn on the pump when you get to the blockage.

    This should eat right thru a frozen line.

    I would suggest turning off the main unless your reeeeaaaaly quick .


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  • bullbull Member Posts: 2
    frozzen pipe

    You can rent a jet water snake at most rental places.
    It will fit down the black pipe you have.
    Just hook it up to hot water.
    The standard jet snake pushes a jet at about 1000psi.
    That will work for sure.
    I've done this my self more than once.
    Good luck.......
  • Steve BergersonSteve Bergerson Member Posts: 38
    Maybe I can use a plastic welder...

    I know, I know.... I didn't use copper

    Maybe I'll find someone with a plastic welder and try that.... ;-)
  • GaryGary Member Posts: 29
    Buy a Arctic Blaster

    Its so simple it will blow your mind , and it will only take a half a gallon of water and 15 minutes to thaw that line.
  • Dan JoyceDan Joyce Member Posts: 3
    Thawing plastic water pipe

    1st Need lead pot burner
    2nd 6" well casing pipe,capped top and bottom,20"+-high
    cut top 3/4"nipple in top,3/4"tee,15 lb releif on top,bush bull of tee for snifter valve with core removed.
    3rd 3/8" hose to snifter,1/2" hose sewer.
    4th Fill 1/3 water,set on burner,fire up,10 minutes steam,hose down pipe,will go by itself (little help)when in ice.Runs about 15 minutes.
    Weld top & bottom & nipple.
    Will go over 75 ft.Never really measured.
  • Dan JoyceDan Joyce Member Posts: 3
    Artic Blaster

    What is it in detail
  • Steve BergersonSteve Bergerson Member Posts: 38
    Arctic Blaster

    Just ordered one! Thanks for the advice!

    For $500, including shipping, this seems like a great unit. Simple design, no moving parts, and includes 2 50' coils of braided tubing... 1/4" & 3/8".

    Also, it doesn't require a connection to a water supply... which is a plus when it is the main line you are trying to thaw.

    Check it out at
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