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  1. #1
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    Default Freezing Pipes - Permanent Solution?

    The pipes in basement bathroom are right on exterior wall, have frozen before and burst once, I have insulated these copper pipes and added heat tape. Now I want to remodel the bathroom and I'm wondering if there is permanent solution to freezing pipes or else my remodel will be a wasted effort.
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Freezing Pipes - Permanent Solution?

    Howdy can you re rout the lines away from the outside wall? or consider spray foam insulation on the ouside wall to stop any air infiltration.

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    Default Re: Freezing Pipes - Permanent Solution?

    Tim,
    Thank you - don't think it's possible to reroute pipes - must look into the other solution for exterior wall.

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    Default Re: Freezing Pipes - Permanent Solution?

    Use foam insulation to create an air tight cavity that completely isolates the pipes from the cold wall, BUT does NOT isolate the pipes from the warm wall.

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    Default Re: Freezing Pipes - Permanent Solution?

    It would be a lot cheaper just to reroute the pipes to the warm interior.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

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    Default Re: Freezing Pipes - Permanent Solution?

    Keyword Electric Heating Cable and take your pick, there's some that have built in stats.

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    Default Re: Freezing Pipes - Permanent Solution?

    I had the pipes wrapped in electric heat cable after the pipes burst - my concern is that this may not last. I want to tile the wall the pipes are on and make some other improvements too - many people on these boards are suggesting rerouting the plumbing - I don't think this will be cheap and I don't have the cash right now. Will see what kind of$$ contractor wants.

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    Default Re: Freezing Pipes - Permanent Solution?

    Howdy might change the pipes out to pex because it can freeze and thaw without failure per the literature....

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