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The honest truth about living in “the North” is that we face cold weather for a majority of the year. Although many would assume that frozen pipes are only an issue of the freezing December months, frozen pipes can be encountered at any time of the year.  A plumber expert will be able to tell you that a pipe that is not adequately sealed or a leaking faucet will lead to frozen pipes the moment the temperature drops enough to make the water flowing through the pipe slow down.

The most frequent freezing pipes are typically ones with high water exposure, such as:

–  Outdoor hose bibs.
–  Swimming pool lines.
–  Water sprinkler lines.
–  Water supply pipes in areas like basements or crawlspaces.
–  Pipes with little to no insulation.

Frozen pipes are a result of water within the pipe expanding. The expanded water can put pressure on the pipe containing it, placing the pipe at risk of breaking. This sort of pressure can damage essential pipelines in your home, some of which you may not notice until you go to turn your faucet on and find that the faucet is leaking or no water is coming out of the faucet itself!

Frozen pipe prevention is an essential step to maintaining your home and saving some money on easily avoidable emergency plumbing you will need your pipe burst at an inopportune moment. You can easily prevent freezing by taking simple steps to maintain your pipes.

Although your local plumbing expert can help with any emergency plumbing services that you may need, you can take steps to preventing any damage long before the cold weather strikes.

1. Draining water from pools and water sprinkler supply lines, as per the manufacturer’s instructions, can help prevent any freezing water within the pipe. Manufacturer information can be found with any housing packages, but if you aren’t sure, be sure to contact a licensed plumber.

2. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose water supply, and keep the pipes open outside in order to ensure any liquid remaining in the pipes can be drained out during winter.

3. Adding insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces will help retain a higher temperature.

4. Keep the heating on within your home! This will ensure that freezing is unlikely during the freezing winter months. If you are not within the building, keeping the temperature around 15 degrees, Celsius will help ensure that any sort of freezing is unlikely.

5. If you have any cracked water pipes, be sure to use caulk to patch up the cracks. If you are uncomfortable or do not know how to patch cracks with caulk, a plumber can help prevent freezing pipes.

6. Keep your garage doors closed during the winter to prevent the chance that cold weather could impact any water supply lines within the garage.

7. Keep any faucets outside open, even a little, to continue to keep water dropping. It will help melt water.

8. Check to see if any pipes are frozen inside your home. Prevention also means knowing when pipes are frozen.

If you are encountering any frozen pipes, calling a certified plumber to help unfreeze the pipes or for an emergency, frozen pipe replacement is the most natural step to fixing a frozen pipe. Wrench It Up has expert local plumbers who understand the cold Toronto environment and can help prevent or replace any frozen pipes during all seasons.

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