Frozen Pipes Thawing
Dealing with winter weather is a fact of life here in Canada, and the cold climate brings its own set of seasonal plumbing problems. A frozen pipe in the middle of winter is more than just an inconvenience of the loss of water – water expands in an unprotected pipe, which can cause it to rupture or burst, resulting in major flood damage to your home.
While we can’t control the temperature, there are a few things you can do to avoid having to experience frozen pipes in your home.
How to prevent frozen pipes
Here are some helpful tips which can help you avoid frozen pipes.
- Use the shut-off valve to completely drain water remaining in all outside water pipes and hose faucets. Pay attention to the water lines that may not be properly insulated – the garage, basement or even the attic.
- Ensure all the pipes in your home are insulated by scheduling an appointment with Leaside Plumbing in the fall – we will thoroughly inspect your plumbing system for problem areas and offer recommendations to prevent your pipes from freezing.
- When you go on holiday, leave your furnace on low – do not turn it off completely as there may be a cold snap while you’re away which could cause the pipes to freeze.
- Keep cabinet doors slightly ajar, to improve the circulation of hot air throughout your home.
- Keep the garage door closed if it has a water supply.
How to deal with frozen pipes
As with any plumbing emergency, first turn off the water at the shut off valve!
The next step is to call Leaside Plumbing at (416) 423-8682 as our advanced pipe thawing machine will unfreeze your pipes safely and quickly.
It’s important to have a frozen pipe thawed as soon as possible, and at Leaside Plumbing we can bring the right pipe thawing machine to your home on the same day you call us.
No job is too small for us, and your emergency is always our top priority!
Check out the pictures below for some of our recent pipe repair jobs.
Plumbing repair to a water pipe that split due to freezing (June 2016)