Do drain pipes (house to sewer) freeze?

I am having a similar problem, my pipe runs into my neighbour's and hers runs into a manhole and from there to the main sewer we think two or three others join before it gets to the road drain, but can we get plans? no way pedro.

All we can get is the street sewer plans and not actual house plans, the other neighbours have all paved there back gardens and you can bet there is another manhole under there somewhere. I only have one set of rods and from my neighbours manhole they definatley clear past her garden so the block is occurring after that point.

What do we do? our part has no blockage. Who is responsible for the cost of getting someone to clear it, I guess we need dynorod or similar to blast back from the main sewer. I am more than happy to share the cost of getting it put right as is my neighbour but because we do not know where the pipe runs or whos property connects to it we are stuffed for approaching anyone. More so because they are reluctant to dig up there...

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Plate 31 shows the general form of the drainage piping in the cellar or basement. Many of the features which appear have been taken up under preceding plates, such as main trap and fresh-air inlet, cellar and subsoil drainage, etc., and will not be again considered here.

Before taking up the consideration of the above subject, it will be well to clearly define the terms house drain and house sewer, concerning which there is often some confusion.

The house drain is that portion of the horizontal piping of the drainage system of any building into which all the soil and waste pipes, whether vertical or horizontal, but inside the building, ultimately discharge. The house drain extends through the foundation wall.

Plate XXXI. Construction Of Cellar Piping -The House Drain, House Sewer, Etc

Construction of

Cellar Piping

Plate 31.

The house sewer is a continuation of the main drain, from the point where the latter ends, to its connection...

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Table of contents:

External public sewer system Autonomous sewerage of a private house Preliminary preparation Installation of a sewer system Video

When building a house, you often have to deal with sewerage. Before properly sanitizing in a private home, it is worth solving the question: will you need the help of specialists, or will you manage on your own.

If you want to save money, you can start the installation work yourself, besides they are not very difficult. The main factor in the device of private sewage system is the lack or availability of access to the central highway. If there is a central sewer system near your house, the installation work will not be difficult.

Private Drainage System

The maximum amount of work you need to do when installing an external sewage system. First of all, it is necessary to excavate several trenches and lay pipes to a depth of 50-150 cm. That is, the depth of the drift should be


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DRAIN FREEZE PROTECTION - CONTENTS: How to avoid freezing drain piping, drains, traps, toilets, etc.How to winterize drain traps & drain pipes: frost protection for plumbing drainage systems. Use of heat tapes, heat sources, pipe routing, to prevent freezing drain pipes. What is the proper depth to bury sewer and septic system piping? What is the proper slope for drain line pipes? POST a QUESTION or READ FAQs on Freezing Drain Lines: Cause, Prevention, Cure REFERENCES

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How to protect building drains from freezing:

this article explains how to prevent frozen drain piping and freeze-damage or burst drain pipes in buildings and in the building connection to a septic system or to a municipal sewer line. You might think that because plumbing drains slope downwards (or should) that there is not freeze risk - that's not entirely true, as...

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A sewer drain clog is a very serious problem that can be considered a plumbing emergency and a potential health concern. Since the wastewater has no place to go, it will all come back up into the household plumbing system in one way or another. When you have a sewer drain clog, you should not use any of the plumbing in the home until the stoppage is cleared.

Sewer Drain Basics

Homes with city sewer service have a single sewer drain pipe running underground from the house to the street.

The drain pipe is usually 4 inches in diameter but can be as small as 3 inches. The sewer drain pipe under the yard is connected to a main drain inside the house. Each plumbing fixture, including sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets as well as the washing machine, has its own drain that leads to the main drain. If the main drain is clogged, it eventually backs up all of the drains in the house. That's why a sewer drain clog is so serious.

Multiple Fixtures Are...

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If you have to make plumbing repairs around your home, it helps to understand your drain-waste-vent system (DWV). The fat pipes in your house make up the DWV, carrying wastewater to a city sewer line or your private sewer treatment facility (called a septic tank and field).

The drainpipes collect the water from sinks, showers, tubs, and appliances.

The waste pipes remove water and material from the toilet.

The vent pipes remove or exhaust sewer gases and allow air to enter the system so that the wastewater flows freely.

The drainpipes are made of cast iron, galvanized pipe, copper, or plastic. Local building codes that regulate the materials used in the DWV system have changed over the years, so most older homes have a combination of materials.

A typical bathroom sink is a good example of how all these components work together. You probably haven’t spent much time observing the pipes beneath your vanity, but take a look and this is what...

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Unclogging the main sewer pipe can be a bit difficult, but with the help of a couple different tools, you should be able to get the job done. The two techniques we’ll describe in this article should be enough to unclog the drain of most sewer pipes, but in some cases, you’ll need to call in a professional Fullerton plumber to help you.

How do you know it’s your main sewer pipe?

The biggest clue that you need to unclog your main sewer pipe is when you have multiple and simultaneous clogged drains. If more than one toilet, shower or sink is getting clogged or overflowing at the same time, and you need to unclog the drains in your house more than usual, chances are your main sewer pipe is clogged.

To unclog this drain of the main sewer pipe, you will first need to locate it. Most houses have multiple clean out spots where you can unclog a drain, but it’s usually best to find your home’s main one – typically in a basement or outside between your outer wall and the...

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The impact on the environment caused by the use of “Heat Trace Tape” or “Frost Prevention Heat Tape” or “Heat Transfer Tapes” is absolutely alarming.

Simply envision the Arctic Ice Cap as being similar to a tray of solid ice. Now envision that tray of ice with electrical wires dispersing heat. Do you still envision the Polar ICE caps?

In one country, one company alone boasts sales of more than 200 million feet per year. That is enough heat trace frost prevention tape to circle the world at the equator. But forget the equator and circling the Earth.

Use the North Pole and begin to spiral it leaving 2-3 feet between every lap of the spiral. 2-3 feet between laps prevents any frost or ice from developing. That 200,000,000 feet sold is by one company only in one country only. Now multiply that by the number of companies manufacturing Heat Trace Tape and/or Frost Prevention Heat Tracing Tape or Cable. Now add those millions of square miles of heat and double it each...

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By Bruce W. Maki, Editor


Recently a friend asked me to winterize her house. She wanted to move closer to town, so she put her house up for sale. Here in Northern Michigan it's normal for houses to sell slowly in the middle of winter, but with our current housing market troubles there are even fewer potential buyers. To save money, she needed to turn off the heat for the rest of the winter.

In a cold winter climate like Michigan, you can't just leave a house or cottage all winter with no heat... the pipes will freeze and possibly burst. So we had to drain the water supply pipes and prevent the water in the drain traps from freezing.

Basic Procedure For Draining Supply Pipes:

Shut off the water supply.

Open one or more faucets at the highest point in the system.

Open a faucet or drain valve at the lowest point in the system.

Step 1: Shut Off The Water

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Hi my name is Charles Coleman and I am looking for a way that I can unthaw my tub drain and all of the drain pipes are unaccessible. So is there a chemical or something that I can put in my drain that will thaw the ice and it must go through standing water.

The Plumbers Response
(By Johnny)

I’m afraid there is no magic chemical that you can pour in the drain that will melt through ice. At least not one that will leave your house standing when the ice melts. Drain snakes are also ineffective on ice as it is a lot like a single ice skater trying to wear out the ice on a pond, it just ain’t gonna happen. On smaller supply lines plumbers have a thawing machine they can use but it is ineffective on larger drain lines. On drain lines a high pressure water jetter can be used and the water from the jet will quikly melt the ice however getting it to go through the trap under the tub could be a problem. I guess by now you are seeing there is no magic anything...

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