Last weekend, with the warmer weather finally upon us, I decided it was time to unclog the drain pipes of ice so the melt from the roof could actually drain into our yard. I made it my weekend project. If I could get that done I’d consider it a good weekend. The problem was, the end of the drain pipes were buried deep in snow with no where for the runoff to go. The water gradually froze at the end of the downspout and with no where for the water to go, things eventually froze right up the drain pipe.
I have extensions at the end of my drain pipes, so the first job was to get those unstuck from frozen ground, remove them from the drainpipe, and melt away the ice. I boiled I don’t know how many pots of water to pour around the extensions just to get them free from the ground. When I finally was able to free the extensions I ran them into the house and threw them into a tub full of hot water. After sitting in hot water for about 10 minutes I was able to remove all of the ice that had been causing the problem. Those things were frozen solid!
After their soak in the tub I ran the extensions back outside and attached them to the end of my drainpipes. In no time at all I heard the sweet sound of water once again running unimpeded from the roof to my backyard.
We’ve bathed ourselves, our granddaughters, and our dog. That was the first time I’ve ever had to bathe a drainpipe extension.