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Any good suggestions on how to melt three feet of ice in a 600 sq. ft basement?...Salt? livestock water heater?
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Point a torpedo heater down the steps and wait. If you can pump water out from under it you can get blowing under the ice the ice itself makes a nice duct work.

I used to work in the water tank industry and we would have massive 1,000,000 gallon tanks freeze up on occasion. Chromalox makes some interesting heater options but I have never seen anything that really works for what we do.

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If it's floating, Ice auger through in a few places, pump the water out, Cut a nice size hole with a chainsaw and stick a heater in. Stock heater would take weeks.....
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Any good suggestions on how to melt three feet of ice in a 600 sq. ft basement?...Salt? livestock water heater?
Solid? You could try gutter / roof / downspout heating lines. At least you know they are water safe.
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The one time I did this, it wasn't frozen solid. About six inches of ice or so and 30" of water. I chipped a hole through it and dropped in a trash pump and let it run. It wasn't the coldest in the house so the churn from the trash pump helped thaw the ice. As the water left, the ice started collapsing and breaking into smaller pieces and melting it faster. By the time we got to the end, we just hauled the remaining ice chunks outside.



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Take a pic and go home, cant be done for allowable. Fixed.
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Take a pic and go home, cant be done for allowable. Fixed.
Zuse,

Do you guys down south even see a basement? Let alone a frozen ice block?

My sister in Atlanta said the kids were off of school today and the bad weather hadn't even started yet.

All ya'll southerners got it easy



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Zuse,

Do you guys down south even see a basement? Let alone a frozen ice block?

My sister in Atlanta said the kids were off of school today and the bad weather hadn't even started yet.

All ya'll southerners got it easy
What the hell is a basement, its either a slab or a crawl space down here..

Yeah if we even get a hint of snow everything shuts down, grocery store shelf's empty in hours.. car wreaks everywhere, its a mess.

We just stay in and drink .. i got like 300 snow removals and i don't even send them out, my guys wont leave the house when the weather gets bad..i really dont know how y'all deal with it.
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Gary,

Be very careful for a "blowout". This is something that I've seen several times. Don't laugh but go buy a bunch of vegetable oil and cover the ice. It will melt on it's own slowly since its under the frost line.

I pucker when heat is applied due to ice expansion can blowout the foundation walls and then the freeze is the least of your concerns. I'll look in my old pic files for the last job I turned down that another contractor heat melted and 1/2 the house collapsed.
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What the hell is a basement, its either a slab or a crawl space down here..

Yeah if we even get a hint of snow everything shuts down, grocery store shelf's empty in hours.. car wreaks everywhere, its a mess.

We just stay in and drink .. i got like 300 snow removals and i don't even send them out, my guys wont leave the house when the weather gets bad..i really dont know how y'all deal with it.
It's getting harder for me to deal with it. Started at a balmy a 6 deg and now we're up to 14 deg. I decided to stay in and work on bookwork and estimates today. Too damn cold to be hanging vinyl siding anyway...



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