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Winter has many downsides, and one of the riskiest ones has to be frozen and damaged pipes. Water has a property of expanding once it freezes, this can result in immense pressure on the plastic and metal pipes, causing them to break.  

What Causes Water Pipes to Freeze?

Water pipes freeze when they are exposed to extreme cold conditions, which can prevail in outdoor hose bibbs, swimming pool and sprinkler water supply lines. Water pipes can easily also freeze in unheated interior areas, such as crawl spaces, attics, kitchen cabinets, garages and even basements. Water pipes in spaces that have little or no insulation are also at risk of freezing.

How to Prevent Water Pipes From Freezing?

It is crucial to prevent water pipes from freezing because after-damage control can be tedious and expensive. A few easy steps can be followed protect water pipes from cold conditions.

It is imperative to drain water from water sprinkler and swimming pool pipelines. Avoid putting antifreeze in supply lines because can be harmful to you, your pets, surrounding wildlife and the environment. Drain and remove the hoses used, while also closing inside valves supplying water to outdoor hose bibbs.

Adding insulation to your basement and attic can help retain heat in these spaces. Perform an inspection and jot down areas where water pipes are located. These can include garage, bathroom, and kitchen cabinets so you can ensure that these areas are insulated.

Consider utilizing products specially designed to insulate water pipes. These include installing pipe sleeves, heat tape and heat cable. Newspapers have the ability to provide insulation and protection to exposed pipes, in areas that don’t have temperatures falling below freezing temperatures too often.  

How to Properly Thaw Frozen Pipes?

If a faucet is turned on and a few drops of water trickle out, the pipe may be frozen. The most common places for frozen pipes include exterior walls and the entrance point of water services in the house.

It’ll help to keep the water faucet open because as the heat de-freezes the frozen portion, ice begins to melt and flow through the pipe. Keeping faucets running will ensure the water flows and melts all the ice in the pipeline.

You may apply heat to specific sections of the pipe by employing electric heat pads, a blow dryer, and portable space heaters. Covering the pipes with towels soaked in hot water may also help. Entirely avoid the use of open flame heat sources, such as a propane heater, kerosene, blowtorch, and charcoal stove. Apply heat to various areas of the pipe until full water pressure had been restored.

If you are unable to locate the frozen area or the root problem, call a specialist right away!

In the North Bay Area, Ben’s Plumbing and Heating offers a 24/7 emergency service.  Simply jot their number down and call them when faced with any plumbing or heating problems, at 705-223-4328.

View the plumbing and heating services they offer at bensplumbingandheating.ca