When the weather gets cold, certain pipes in your Toronto home – particularly the ones that may be insufficiently insulated, like those located along exterior walls or in your attic or basement – can freeze, leading to a number of problems for your system.
Frozen pipes can lead to a lack of running water, an inconvenience that can prevent you from finishing every day chores like cooking and cleaning. What’s more, frozen pipes are more susceptible to bursting due to built-up pressure, which can lead to major damage to your home.
Don’t wait for the winter to claim your pipes. Here are a few signs that your pipes may be frozen:
The Weather is Freezing – Literally
While frozen pipes are not exclusively a cold climate problem, the risk certainly increases when the temperature drops. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower; not coincidentally, when the outside temperature dips below 32 degrees, your pipes face the highest chance of freezing.
- When the cold weather first hits, take some basic precautions to prevent your pipes from freezing, including:
- Allowing your faucet to drip slightly to help alleviate pressure in your system
- Keeping cabinet doors open to let your home’s heat reach the pipes
- Applying electrical heating tape or extra insulation to problem pipes
Installing a DIY “frozen pipe alarm”
There Doesn’t Seem to Be Water Coming Out of Your Faucet
This is the surest sign – and, perhaps, the biggest hassle – of a frozen pipe.
If your water seems to have stopped without warning in the dead of winter, your pipes may have frozen. Frozen pipes can create a blockage that may stop your water or reduce it to a trickle when you turn on the faucet.
There’s Frost on the Pipe
Even before your water stops, your exposed pipes may be visibly chilly. At the first sign of cold-related trouble, take a look at a pipe that you can see, like the one under your sink. If you see any amount of visible frost on the exterior of the pipe, it may very well be frozen through inside as well.
If your pipe is frosty or your water has stopped, it’s important to act quickly and thaw the pipe before it begins to expand or burst.
Whether it’s a frozen pipe, a backed-up drain, or a problem you can’t quite trace, we’re here for you when your water stops. At the first sign of trouble, give Mister Plumber a call.
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