As the days get shorter and the temperatures begin to fall, you know that winter is slowly approaching. Freezing temperatures can cause your pipes to burst, which can result in damage to your plumbing system and your entire home.
There are some things you can do while the weather is still nice to prevent frozen pipes this winter.
When water freezes, it expands. This can cause your pipes to burst, which can cause catastrophic damage to your Toronto home. When a pipe bursts, it can send water pouring all over your floors, ceiling, and walls. The result is a huge mess and costly damage. An emergency plumber will need to be called to fix the pipes and a disaster recovery service will have to remove the water and make necessary repairs. There are some things you can do before the freezing temperatures begin to arrive to prevent all of this damage and chaos in your home.
The plumbing pipes that are most susceptible to freeze are those that are in unprotected areas, including unheated basements, crawlspaces, exterior walls, and unheated attics. You can wrap these pipes to insulate them from the cold. Close up any holes or spaces that may allow cold air to penetrate the area and cause your pipes to freeze. Caulking or spray insulation is a quick and effective fix for these issues.
The exposed piping under your kitchen and bathrooms sinks is particularly vulnerable to freezing. When the temperatures drop, open the cabinets to allow warm air to circulate through that area. You can place a space heater directed at that area as well if you are particularly concerned. Letting the faucet slowing drip will also prevent bursting. Moving water requires a lower temperature to freeze than water that is standing in a pipe.
There should be adequate insulation on your walls and ceilings to prevent frozen pipes. Insulation allows your home to remain warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer months. With proper insulation, you will not only protect your pipes, you will save money on your energy bills as well.
Outdoor faucets need to be properly winterized each year to prevent freezing. Faucet covers can be purchased to help with insulation. You may want to let the faucets slowly drip during particularly cold weather conditions. Check your outside faucets periodically throughout the winter to make sure that there is not an issue. Remove any garden hoses from the outside faucets and completely empty them of water. Store them in a shed or garage so that they are in good shape once the warm weather returns.
In the event of a long-term power outage, some residents may leave their homes in search of warmer accommodations. These individuals may want to turn off the water supply to their home. Once you shut off the water supply, you will need to empty the water from all of your faucets. Draining the water from your plumbing system will ensure that your pipes do not burst in extremely cold conditions.
A little bit of prevention and knowing what to do in a power outage is essential for protecting your plumbing system and home from a burst water pipe. Ask your plumber for more tips on keeping your home’s plumbing system in good condition and avoiding any emergency situations.
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