Your plumbing system is particularly vulnerable to things like frozen pipes or bursting of pipes in winters. The water inside the home pipes can freeze when the outdoor temperature drops below  20° Fahrenheit. Moist or wet pipes develop ice blockages on their outer surfaces. Frozen water pipes are inconvenient as they affect the normal water flow and are costly to repair. Water pipes that are the most at risk of freezing include:

  • Pipes located in exterior walls
  • Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home
  • Pipes on the exterior of the home like plumbing pipes in the yard or deck

The problem can further result into pipe bursts. As the water in pipe freezes, it expands and creates enough pressure to cause almost any pipe to rupture. This can lead to dangerous damages and tons of water wastage. Hence, it is advisable to call a professional and licensed plumber to stay safe from the problem of frozen pipes. But, here are some steps that you can carry out on your own to keep your pipes from freezing and the water flowing.

  • Insulate all water pipes using a foam or rubber pipe insulator. But, this will just slow down the heat transfer and not prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • Disconnect all the water hoses from faucets and spigots inside as well as outside the house as the temperature starts dropping.
  • Insulate and heat the water and drain lines in crawl spaces, garage, attic, and cold basements using the electric heating cables or heat lamps.
  • Caulk and seal any holes and cracks near the water pipes.
  • Place an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots.
  • Open the doors of the cabinets that have pipes inside them, example cabinet below the sink, to allow heat from the home to circulate and un-insulate the pipes.
  • Close all the windows and air vents that are near the water pipes.
  • If you plan to be away for a while, make arrangements to maintain the heat in your house, preferably 60° Fahrenheit or higher. Maintain the same temperature even when you are in the house.
  • Shut off the water supply valve to the dishwasher, washing machine, and other appliances if you are away for a while.

By following these simple yet necessary plumbing maintenance tips you can considerably reduce the risk of frozen pipes. The first sign of frozen pipes is reduced or slow water flow. Check the faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up. If you have already noticed the signs of freezing pipes, you can easily thaw them using a simple hair dryer or heating cables. But, if there’s no water when you open a tap, or if you cannot find the frozen area, call the professional plumbers in Edmonton. Our team will be there at your property to identify and fix the frozen piping problems.

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