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Old 11-19-2014, 06:32 AM   #1
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Tale of the frozen water hose.

Last night the temp in South Carolina dropped to the upper 20's. Our water hose froze. Accu-weather said that temps should rise as soon as the sun came out, so I didn't bother to bring in the hose. Before the freeze last evening we turned the water off at the hydrant and opened a tap inside to relieve the pressure. This morning as the temps began to rise we opened the hydrant and opened a faucet and waited. It was about an hour from the start with a slow drip to a full flow of water. The caution is that if you flush the toilet before restoring full pressure the valve won't seat and water will fill the bowl. A few flushes prevented overflow.

This worked for us in this situation. If it was any colder or the morning temps weren't going to quickly rise we would have removed the hose and moved it inside for the night.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:02 AM   #2
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I think I would have removed the hose from the convenience center and let the park water pressure blow out the ice chunks before trying to pressure up my fiver ... it would have been way quicker.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:27 AM   #3
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Amen to that, although we have a quick disconnect in the covienence center so it's easy.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:31 AM   #4
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If it's going down to 32F or lower I bring in the hose.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:16 AM   #5
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If there is a forecast for a "light" freeze, I open the galley tank valve and set the kitchen faucet to drip. Just this small amount of water flow will prevent a freeze up in your hose and the outside faucet. In fact our CG requests you do this. I have used this method many times and it does work.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:30 AM   #6
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I also let the kitchen faucet have a low flow a couple nights ago in the Hill Country west of San Antonio.

Looking forward to Dec 1. Will be in Weslaco for 4 months. Business here is finished.

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Old 11-19-2014, 11:50 AM   #7
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Our Pirit electric hose eliminates all the hassle of frozen hoses and dripping faucets. We've been using one, into our second season with it and it works great. You just need to make sure the thermostat attached to the hose remains outside in the weather.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:20 PM   #8
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quote:Originally posted by rohrmann

Our Pirit electric hose eliminates all the hassle of frozen hoses and dripping faucets. We've been using one, into our second season with it and it works great. You just need to make sure the thermostat attached to the hose remains outside in the weather.
X2 on the electric hose. Didn't really want to spend the money. Buddy told me I was crazy that I should just use heat tape to wrap my regular hose and plug that in. But it sure is convenient to just change out hoses when the weather turns cold and plug it in.
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:19 PM   #9
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Once in N Carolina low temp caught me by surprise and we had a frozen hose in the AM always carry a spare.normally at night I disconnect and drape the hose over the truck to drain.when it gets real cold we just stay at a Hotel
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Old 11-19-2014, 02:15 PM   #10
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I'm leery of the over $100 price of those hoses with the built in heat tape. Had too many heat tapes go bad over the years. I've a shortened hose and heat tape that I wrapped in slit pipe insulation foam tubing that's worked in weather down to ten degrees with no problem at all. Not very flexible, but bends enough to get from a hose bib to the convenience center and the connection to our whole house water filter in the basement. If the heat tape fails, I can replace it fairly easily.
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:15 PM   #11
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Well I found that camping where it "does not freeze" is best method! Sorry had to share...#128539;
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:05 AM   #12
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All great suggestions. We agree with Artemus. Our preferred method is to avoid freezing conditions, but there are times, like the current cold snap, when the freeze is difficult to avoid. I will admit that our method may be the least favorable. Yesterday we received an email ad from Camping World with the heated hose on sale for $110.00. That kind of money is really difficult to justify for the very few sub-freezing days that we experience each year. We know that moving water doesn't freeze, but have never had the confidence that something might not go wrong while we are sleeping, particularly since we use a Sewer Solutions macerator with a 1" discharge hose. Last night the forecast was 26. We brought the water hose inside. The long range forecast for our current location in South Carolina shows one more sub-freezing night between now and the end of the year.
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:16 AM   #13
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Because we started with a long stay in your type of weather, freeze at night and warm in the day, we bought a heated hose and haven't used it for the last two years. Your thoughts are right on target.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:44 AM   #14
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I Just try to pull a little further into Dixie to eliminate the problem.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:17 AM   #15
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I have use the Pirit Heated Water hose now for 3 years and it is one of the best purchases I have done. Well worth the money and easy of mind. If you are going to camp in areas that are subject to freezing I highly recommend getting one.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:40 AM   #16
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We have not had a sub freezing night since my original post. There are none in sight for the extended forecast. Guess at this point we won't get too concerned over the cold.
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