Frozen Pipes Thawing
Living in the 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.
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Why do pipes freeze in Toronto?
Thankfully, frozen pipes are only a seasonal issue. However, here in the GTA and throughout Canada, that season can last longer than most. Pipes in someone’s home can freeze when they aren’t properly insulated, or not installed in correct areas, and when temperatures are maintained sub-zero for a few days or more in a row.
To give the uninitiated a bit of a primer, the most important thing to know, is this:
- When water freezes in your pipe it expands.
- That water potentially exerts enough pressure to split or rupture the pipe significantly by the time it thaws.
- This can cause a serious leak in your home, and in turn, cause serious water damage as a result.
Preventing frozen water pipes
To minimize the chances of your pipes freezing, 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.
- If you do have water supply running through your garage, ensure the door remains shut during the winter months.
- 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 a plumbing professional 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.
- If you are going away on vacation, do not completely turn your furnace off to ensure that the pipes within your home do not freeze up while you are away.
- 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, here’s what you’ll want to do.
Steps for Thawing Frozen Pipes:
- The first step that should be taken is to turn off the water at the shut off valve.
- Call in a professional plumber. At DrainWorks, we’re uniquely equipped to handle your frozen pipes issues. We have several trucks equipped with technologically advanced pipe thawing units that can un-freeze your frozen pipes quickly and safely.
Case Studies of Frozen Pipe Incidents:
We have trained professionals standing by, ready to get your water flowing again. Here’s what some past cases of incidents and situations that our plumbers have addressed:
“Having just moved into a new house we were unpleasantly surprised to wake up to frozen pipes. But DrainWorks came to the rescue in a timely manner, solved the problem and even provided a quote to fix the issue permanently.”
Alexa from Seaton Village
“My kitchen drain pipe got blocked and then frozen. Snaking the drain didn’t work at first because of the frozen section. With a little ingenuity the frozen bit was thawed so that the blockage could be cleared with the drain snake. Everything was done quickly and professionally. The DrainWorks technicians on site were great!”
Peter from The Beaches Neighbourhood in Toronto
“We have had issues with frozen pipes in the past, but recently we forgot to drip our taps over a particularly cold night. Last time we simply waited for them to thaw on their own, but we decided to see if any professionals could help this time around. DrainWorks sent a technician on the same day I called. He arrived on time, assessed the problem and within an hour we had running water again. Everything was clearly explained up front, there were no surprises and all of the employees I dealt with were courteous and professional. A great value.”
Mike from the Riverdale area of Toronto