Preventing and thawing frozen water pipes

January 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · by

Living in the Toronto climate we do, the cold weather is certainly a reality that we all must deal with and with the wintry weather comes the possibility of having to contend with frozen pipes in your home. There are several things that can be done to minimize the prospect of having to experience this and in the event that the pipes do freeze, you are still armed with several options to ensure that your water flow is restored quickly and relatively easily.

To give the uninitiated a bit of a primer, the most important thing to know is that when water freezes in your pipe it expands and potentially exerts enough pressure to split or rupture the pipe significantly by the time it thaws, causing a serious leak and in turn, serious water damage as a result. To minimize the chances of this, there are various things that can be done in your home. Make sure that you’ve properly drained all outside water pipes/hose faucets using their shut off valve to bleed out water remaining in the line, look around the home for areas where your water lines may be vulnerable due to a lack of insulation or heating such as in basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces. The water lines serving or running through these areas are definitely at risk and should be insulated to avoid this from happening.

For an economical option, homeowners can wrap towels around the pipes to provide insulation; however in the event that you want a more professional finish to this, there are several products on the market that can be used to help avoid the freezing of pipes, which should be handled by one of our professional plumbers in Toronto to ensure efficiency and safety. In colder weather, keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open to enable the hot air to circulate more freely in the home, thereby reducing the possibility of a freeze. In instances of a real deep freeze, you can run your fixtures at a very slight trickle as the temperature of the constantly running trickle is above freezing In the event that your pipes still freeze, you have a few different methods of dealing with the problem. The first step that should taken, is to turn off the water at the shut off valve. One of the simplest and safest ways to deal with a frozen pipe is to go at it with a hair dryer. In doing so, make sure that you open the faucet and are heating the piping working back from the piping to the frozen blockage. Another item you can try, is to use a small portable heater. Do not try to use an open flame on the frozen pipe. In the event that these methods don’t work, you can call our office as we have trained plumbing professionals equipped with pipe thawing machines ready to get your water flowing again! For more tips, join us on Facebook and submit your plumbing or drain question.

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