‘Tis the season for frozen pipes. It’s been a challenge this past week to keep up with all the calls from homeowners and businesses with frozen and/or burst pipes. Next week, we’re back to similar temperatures (-19C).
If you have a burst pipes, you’ll need to shut off your water main right away. You will likely need to call a plumber if you don’t have the tools and supplies to fix it yourself.
The pipes that most commonly freeze normally run in crawl spaces, basements or pipes that run along exterior walls.
Here are our tips for avoiding a disaster:
Let The Water Drip
If we get a really cold snap for a few days running, you may want to turn on your taps slightly. Even a small trickle can prevent a pipe from freezing. The cost of the extra water is little compared to a repair bill or damage due to a burst pipe.
Stop Changing The Thermostat
Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Lowering it during the night may be fine for you under the covers, but the vulnerable pipes may dip below freezing.
Have A Lower Temperature Limit
If you are leaving on vacation for a period of time, don’t set your thermostat to a temperature below 13C/55F. Always have someone check on your home when you’re away in times of cold.
Keep Interior Doors Open
You may have a bathroom or kitchen in your home that is colder than other rooms. The temptation may be to keep the cold in these rooms, but if they contain water/pipes, then you’ll need to allow warmer air to circulate through.
To Thaw Frozen Pipes
You can attempt to unfreeze pipes as long as you’re sure they have not ruptured.
- Turn on the faucet that has access to the frozen pipe
- Do not use fire/torch/candles to thaw pipes, ever!
- Wrap a pipe in a towel soaked in hot water. Change frequently until the pipes begins to thaw
- Wrap pipe with electric blanket
If these methods do not work, or you have a burst pipe, call us at Chasles Plumbing Professionals (519) 240-0077.