5 Tips to Avoid Frozen and Burst Pipes in Your Home this Winter

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With below freezing temperatures a regularity throughout Canada during winter months, it’s important to be aware of tips to avoid frozen and burst pipes in your home or commercial building. Damage caused by frozen water pipes on both residential and commercial properties is a consistent threat. As water freezes, it actually expands, putting great pressure on pipes in which it flows. Water lines in unheated areas like crawl spaces, attics, garages, and kitchen cabinets, are at significant risk. Pipes running through areas with little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

Once cold weather hits, the following 5 items from the Red Cross can help reduce the risk of frozen and burst pipes in your home.

  1. Keep garage doors closed
    If there are water supply lines in the garage, keep the doors closed.
  2. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors
    This will allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. If you have young children in the house, move any harmful chemicals or products a higher location, out of reach of curious hands.
  3. Run water through the pipes
    When encountering bitter cold, open faucets connected to exposed pipes just a little. Even a trickle of water will keep water running through pipes, helping prevent them from freezing and resulting in burst pipes.
  4. Keep interior temperature consistent
    During extreme temperatures, forego the use of lower nighttime temperatures to save energy. This strategy will cost more in home heating costs, but will help prevent a costly water damage repair or insurance claim.
  5. Heat your home, even if away for extended periods
    If leaving your home for an extended period of time (perhaps an escape to a warmer climate), leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Bonus Tips:

If your risk for pipes freezing is high, the following measures should be considered for long-term protection.

  1. Relocate exposed pipes
    Contract a professional to relocate exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
  2. Insulate
    Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas, providing year round comfort and energy efficiency.

Related links:
Flood and Water Damage Restoration – Click here to view post
How to Prevent Water Damage During Winter Thaws – Click here to view post
7 Tips – How to Avoid Water Damage in Your Home – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4TALXx2zXs

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