A Solo Bath w/o Cold H20 = Solo Frozen Pipe?

Just wondering: In the grips of the recent cold spell gripping much of the US, we experienced the loss of cold water in ONLY the master bathroom shower (in the morning hours). Later that day, the situation rectified itself…suggesting it may have melted?

The shower is located on the second floor at the far, SE corner of the house. Also, our heat pump is turned way down because our electric bill has been ridiculous. Still, the upstairs is not as chilly as the downstairs, and the piping passes through the core of the house and runs along inside walls… :dubious:

So, do you think this pipe froze without bursting? But, why didn’t the powder room pipe freeze, too…in a much chillier location. (BTW, the only visible piping is in the basement and showed nothing usual.)

Could a pipe be blocked solid without bursting? And, does a frozen pipe have any warning signs before catastrophic failure?

  • Jinx :confused:

Yes, pipes can freeze enough to stop water flow without bursting. But unless there was a super low temperature when that happened, there’s always the chance that in the future it will freeze and burst. As to the other pipe that didn’t freeze, unless you have a measurement of the temperature at the coldest portion of the pipes (inside the walls), you don’t really know what you’re comparing.