Brutally cold Winnipeg winter weather isn’t only a problem that your heater has to push through to keep your family warm. The coldest of Canadian weather can freeze the heart of your pipes, causing a major plumbing problem for the entire house.
Certain pipes will be more likely to freeze than others, such as ones that extend to unheated areas of the house like your attic, garage, or crawlspace, pipes on the exterior of the house or in exterior walls. There are precautions that can be taken to prevent their freezing, however. Water hoses can bring the freezing temperatures into the rest of the house if left hooked up. Part of your regular seasonal maintenance, water houses should be completely disconnected. When the hose freezes, it expands and forces pressure into the rest of the system. This first step could save your plumbing system.
Keeping a small amount of water running at all times could help as well. Stagnant water will freeze in an instant, but running water can’t freeze. There are other precautions to be taken, though. Exposed interior plumbing can be one of your greatest risks to freezing pipes. Pipes in an unheated area such as your attic are highly likely to freeze. Having us insulate around these pipes could be an inexpensive solution to a potentially expensive problem. If all else fails, there is always the option to re-route the pipes. Though it may be a last resort for many, it would solve your problem permanently and the money would be well spent. If you have any questions about the best solution, our expert plumbers are well-equipped to help you.
Make sure you have one of our plumbers examine your house for cracked pipes. One small crack can contribute to the freezing of your entire plumbing system. This kind of problem can be avoided by a simple investigation. If you do indeed have a cracked pipe,If you plan on leaving your house for the winter, make sure you set up your home to stay unfrozen for the entirety of the winter. This way, you will come home to running water instead of frozen pipes. Make sure you don’t set the heat below 13 degrees Celsius. Shut off the water supply and drain your system entirely by turning on the faucets and flushing all the toilets. After all of this is done, have one of our Winnipeg plumbers come and inspect your system and drain your hot water heater.
All of this prevention may seem unnecessary and overkill, but if you’ve ever come home to frozen pipes in the winter, you will understand why it is much better to be safe than sorry in this situation. Time and money invested into preventing your pipes from freezing will be saved times over throughout the winters to come. Frozen pipes can be a giant ordeal that is both expensive and inconvenient. A quick call to your reliable plumbing experts could save you tons in the future. Ignoring the possibility of frozen pipes could become a devastating problem in the future.
If you have any more questions, concerns or want to prevent your pipes from freezing over this winter, don’t hesitate to give us a call before it’s too late. Our customers are our highest priority and we are here to help you. Here at Licensed Plumbers .CA Winnipeg plumber services, our professional plumbers are here to help you.