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Frozen Pipes Prevention – Ideal Rooter’s Winter Plumbing Tips

In the harsh Canadian winters, your home’s resilience, particularly your pipes, is put to the test. The dropping temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze, potentially leaving you without water and risking pipe bursts that could lead to costly property damage. It’s crucial to take preventive measures to safeguard your pipes from freezing and to know the right steps if they do freeze.

Here are vital tips and resources from Ideal Rooter about preventing pipe freezing and managing it if it happens:

Proactive Steps to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Shut Off Water Early: Before the cold sets in, turn off your water. Familiarize yourself with the location and operation of your main water shut-off valve for emergencies.
  • Insulate Vulnerable Pipes: Pipes near exterior walls, crawl spaces, attics, and garages are most at risk. Insulate them using foam covers or other insulation methods.
  • Seal Air Leaks: Prevent cold air intrusion that can freeze pipes by sealing leaks in your home and garage.
  • Prepare Outdoor Faucets: These are often the first to freeze. Remove hoses, shut off the outdoor water supply, and let the taps drain as part of your autumn prep.
  • Professional Inspection: If your pipes frequently freeze, unseen issues might be the cause. Consider having Ideal Rooter professionals inspect your home and provide tailored advice for protection.
  • Commercial Customers: Protect fire lines by insulating all lines exposed to cold.

Actions for Sub-Zero Temperatures

  • Keep Indoor Pipes Warm: Maintain areas with indoor water pipes above 8ºC, particularly around the water meter. Use space heaters or insulators but never leave heaters unattended.
  • Secure Garage Spaces: If water lines run through the garage, keep its doors shut and insulate against drafts.
  • Cabinet Door Trick: Open doors of kitchen, bathroom, and laundry cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Vacation Precautions: Shut off the main valve supplying water to your plumbing (usually in the basement) and open a tap to drain remaining water. Have someone regularly check your home.

If Your Pipes Freeze

  • Identifying Frozen Pipes: If turning on taps yields no water, pipes may be frozen, often against exterior walls or where water service pipes enter through the foundation.
  • Thawing Precautions:
    • Avoid open flames, like torches, to thaw pipes—fire risk!
    • Know your master water shut-off valve’s location; use it if a pipe breaks.
    • Contact Ideal Rooter professionals for safe, efficient guidance.

Thawing Frozen Pipes While Waiting for Ideal Rooter

  • Activate a cold water tap in the basement, preferably in the laundry room.
  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it or directly applying heat using a heating pad, hairdryer, space heater, or warm towel.
  • Thawing can take 1 to 6 hours, depending on external temperatures and the degree of freezing.
  • Once thawed, gradually turn the water back on and inspect for any leaks or damage.

Need Help with Frozen Pipes? Don’t hesitate to call Ideal Rooter at (416) 888 71 72 . We’re here to assist and offer expert advice on your plumbing needs.

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