Trying to save a plumber bill and much aggravation, I stayed up until 6 am. All night I washed clothing, washed dishes in dishwasher, ran water hard in the sinks and backed it up to more than a trickle, and flushed the commode. I placed candles under the claw foot tub and put a lamp under the kitchen sink.
I slept until 11 am or noon. I awoke to disaster. The tub faucet was frozen with six-inch icicles hanging from the faucets and frozen water in the tub. The cold water in the bathroom sink was frozen solid. In the kitchen sink hot and cold were almost frozen. When I opened the faucet more, water sputtered and eventually broke loose to run free.
What a mess. Water, once again, was all over the kitchen floor, further under the table. I will never turn the water on in the sink to keep it from freezing. A cheap heater, battery heater, another lamp, or a pipe wrap in the basement will be used! Foam for pipes or pool tubes is on the list for next week. I don't know how I will afford it, but I don't trust the weather not to do this again this winter. The middle of February is when our bad weather ends. I don't believe it this year.
The water ran from the dishwasher under more boxes. This is one way to de clutter the kitchen. sigh...I do not want to ruin the finish on the 112-yr-old original floor, painted in 1977 to suit me.
The Wednesday night church dinner was cancelled due to weather. Fred and I ate at McD. Then, I went to Walmart. It is too cold in the house for me to spend 24 hours a day here. I just have to get a bit warm for a while.
Patsy Cline and Thelma were alive and seemed to be doing well. Their water was barely frozen. They rush to the warm water I pour on the ice in the morning. This morning, I pulled a 1" diameter circular piece of ice from the waterer. I took a finger and poked the ice out this afternoon. Once again, the girls were very thirsty. Tomorrow, the temperature will be above freezing. That means I can take the waterer apart. I have plans to put more insulation on the watering container and the heater.
Exbf usually works at 6 am, meaning he leaves at 4:30 to 4:45 am. He had Tuesday and Wednesday off. Today, he said work called him to tell him to be there at 9 am, three hours later tomorrow. He said the east-west route to work was clear. However, Interstate 65 is where the snow, ice, and children spending the night in school is occurring. After over 70 hours of freezing weather and the foot+ of snow, nothing will thaw quickly when it reaches 42 F tomorrow afternoon.
Patti said her son and children arrived home at 2 am after he picked them up from school. This is in Roswell, GA.
No editing because my fingers are too cold, and I need to get water-soaked paper from the kitchen floor.
Does anyone have relatives or yourself with frozen pipes did not thaw as easily as mine? How are your animals in the horrid, cold weather?