Ok, septic drain pipe from house to drain tank/field if frozen. Those -20° and cooler nights and days for the last couple of weeks have added up. From where the line exits the basement to the white pvc cap that sticks out above ground is approx. 25 feet. There's not a lot of snow... maybe around 14" in that spot. However, I walk out my back door and there's about 11'-12' feet of area that has been shoveled clear. There are small parts of the ground showing with the rest packed snow... about 1" to 2". This open area starts from the house outward. Hindsight reveals I should have left this area covered with snow for insulation. Back in the day when we had to bury someone in the winter, we would set wood down and start a fire where the grave was to be dug. I was thinking something similar here too. Someone mentioned to use charcoal, but I'm thinking wood is cheaper! I was also thinking of setting up a small electric space heater and place it very near the pipe that is exiting the basement and let it sit for a day or two and see what happens. I've never done this before so I'm looking for some advice. I know a phone call, steamer and $150 can fix the problem, however, I think I got this! Any suggestions, advice, opinions or tips? StihlRockin'