Frozen Pipes

If there’s one thing that the world knows about Canada, it’s that we have really, really harsh winters. With really really harsh winters comes frozen pipes. Although they seem innocent, frozen pipes can lead to absolute nightmares for the unknowing homeowner.

For water to come out effectively in your home, there has to be pressure within the pipes. Each pipe in your home is designed to withstand this pressure so everything stays in tact. In the wintertime, exposed pipes outside are put in temperatures below zero. This can cause the water within to freeze as well, and with freezing comes expansion.

This expansion can break the metal pipe, causing a crack and a pressured leak. You can imagine if this is left unchecked your home will sustain an extensive amount of water damage. 

The best defense against frozen pipes is preventing them in the first place. If you follow the below steps you should be good to go come winter
  1. Keep the Heat on – Even if you’re gone for a few days during the winter, it’s always a good idea to keep the heat on for the pipes.
  2. Identify Vulnerable Freeze Spots – If you have a particular room with piping that’s away from the vents, move a space heater in there to keep the temperature up. It’s often times the rooms that we forget where a pipe can freeze and burst. Pro Tip: If you find some pipes exposed to the outside, you can insulate them with materials you can find at your local hardware store
  3. Trickle the Faucets – Leave faucets (hot and cold) to trickle when yo’re away so the water continues flowing. When water continues flowing it can’t freeze!
  4. Drain the Sprinkler System – Check your irrigation or sprinkler systems and turn them off. Don’t forget to drain them of the remaining water.
  5. Locate Water Shut Off Valve – Just in case of an emergency it’s imperative to know where your water shutoff valve is. If a pipe breaks go to the valve immediately and shut it off

A challenge when dealing with frozen pipes is locating them in the first place. With our decade’s worth of experience fixing frozen pipes, you can be sure we will find it. Once found, we know the precise way to treat the frozen pipe to avoid disasters of it bursting and causing a huge leak. 

If you have any issues with an freezing of pipes, you can call us anytime and we will be there. We offer 24/7 emergency services to everywhere within the GTA.

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