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''no water'' Recently we had a ''cold snap'' with bone chilling weather. When i woke up there was very little pressure in the pipes when the water was turned on. I turned all the faucets on hoping to prevent the pipes from freezing. About 5 minuits later there was no flow in the bathroom upstairs. shortly later all the faucets downstairs stopped working. About 6 hrs later there was a tiny stream of water that came out of all the faucets but only lasted for maybe 30 seconds and stopped again. This was about 30 hrs ago. Can not find a plumber for they are all busy. My question is 2 part.>>> We are on a well. How can i tell if it is frozen pipes or a problem with the well or the pump,fuse ,circuit breaker ,switch ect. I do not even know where the pump for the well is? And if i can find the pump what do i check? My plumbing experience is limited so i am hoping someone out there can walk me through the process of elimination before a plumber gets here and charges a hefty fee for something i could have fixed myself? Any plumbers out there with input would be much appreciated! Thanks......................

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I too had the same problem as you with my pipes freezing, but my heat was the culprit. Basicly the problem was the same. I turned the water on in the sink and when the water thawed there the pump started and oh my god I had broken water pipes in the house under the counter, so I turned the main water valve off, or the pump from the breaker box for the well. The difference is that if you turn the well pump off then the water runs until the pressure goes down. If you turn the main water off it will stop sooner. I fixed the pipes under the sink and behind the dishwasher started to leak, Fixed that and again turned on the water again at the main valve. Ask where your main water lever is. My water started to run in the sink area, but the drains were frozen, I put a heater under the house and heated up the pvc pipe that was still frozen. Of course the toilet..... When it got alittle warmer and the heat on the pipe, things broke loose. The plumber was no where to be found because they were so busy, this worked for me and people had great ideas for me to try. When the water and the pump were turned back on all leaks were fixed and things are back to normal. I am now wiser...I hope this story helps somewhat.

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