Winter temperatures can bring a lot of problems to your Toronto home’s plumbing. Many home owners return from a winter’s vacation to find their basement, kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room flooded. This is because the freezing temperatures can damage your pipes, causing floods.
Here are four ways you can prevent this problem. These solutions are perfect for the fall:
1. Insulate Your Pipes
The cold can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Pipes can freeze when temperatures dip below freezing.
If there is water flowing through your pipes, it has a high likelihood of freezing. For example, the pipes running to your bathroom will have some water in them at all times. Even a small amount can freeze when it gets cold.
When the water freezes, it expands. Then, when the pipes warm, the ice thaws, releasing gasses that put pressure on the inside of your pipes. This will make them break, or burst. This leads to flooding and can cause electrocution risks.
By insulating your pipes, you can keep them warm and avoid freezing. Have your plumber insulate your most used pipes to keep your flood risk low.
2. Turn Off All Hoses and Unused Faucets
Outdoor hoses can have similar problems with freezing. More so because they’re left out, exposed to the frigid winter temperatures. Cut off water to those faucets, and disconnect the hoses.
It is also a good idea to stop the water flow to all faucets indoors that you do not use often. A second, or third, bathroom, for example. If you do not use them much, shut off the water supply. This will keep the pipes from having the chance to freeze.
3. Have Your Pipes Inspected
Your plumber can inspect your pipes for potential breaks, cracks, and leaks. And, perhaps most importantly, they can identify and weak pipes. Weakness get exposed when winter hits. Good plumbers have special tools that allow them to inspect pipes that you can’t see… in walls or your flooring, for example.
4. Clean Your Yard and Basement Drains
A clogged drain causes a lot of the same issues as a frozen pipe. Clogs lead to pressure build up inside of your pipes. Pressure builds, then the pipes burst, causing flooding.
Fall is a bad time for drains. Dirt, dust, leaves, and other tree debris pile up quickly. These clog your drains, causing problems. Have them cleaned to avoid any problems this winter.
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