Tuesday night I needed to do some laundry. Of course, I go to turn on my washing machine, and nothing happens. For those of you who've never been to my house, my laundry room is outside, in a separate "room" on my patio. There is a door, and a light, but it is cold out there regardless.
Right away I understood that my laundry pipes were frozen. I called Carmen and borrowed a heat gun from her. For the next hour I was outside blowing heat behind my washing machine, being careful not to melt anything. Eventually, I could tell that the pipes were not frozen anymore, so I turned on my washing machine, which was running, and went inside.
[Cut to 1 hour later]
I went back outside and saw a HUGE puddle of water on my patio. I opened the laundry door and there was water pouring out from udner my washing machine, and soap billowing out of the top, about a foot high. Turns out the drainage pipe from the machine was still frozen. Did I mention that all of this is happening OUTSIDE where it was around 20 degrees? I used the heat gun again for a while, then left a hair dryer running out there for 2 solid hours.
Around 11 pm now, I go outside and turn the machine back on. Water is still only coming out the bottom of the machine, and the tub is not draining. *YAY*
Now, all I can do is wait for this weather to calm down a little and hope upon hope that when that shit unfreezes, the washing machine works properly again. In the meantime, I am stuck washing clothes next door on Carmen's back patio. I hope she doesn't mind.
Here is what I looked like yesterday while GPSn for the first time in months: