As temperatures drop, there is a risk of water pipes freezing and bursting.
Here's a list of tips on how to prevent frozen pipes and what to do if they do freeze.
- Ensure that windows and doors are tightly sealed from drafts, especially in areas where pipes are present.
- Allow warm air to circulate in enclosed areas against perimeter walls.
- Let cold water trickle through pipes that are at a high risk of freezing in extremely cold weather. Running water through a pipe - even a trickle - keeps the pipe from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat at a constant temperature and avoid excessively low indoor temperatures. Don't set lower than 15C.
What to do when the pipes freeze.
- Keep the faucet open while treating a frozen pipe as running water will help to melt the ice.
- Apply heat to the frozen area using electric heat tape, a hair dryer, a heating pad, or a portable space heater. Never use open flame devices, or unapproved space heating appliances.
- Apply heat until full pressure is restored, if the pipe cannot be thawed,call a licensed plumber.
- Consider relocating the piping to prevent future freezing.
- Add pipe insulation and keep pipes away from exterior walls. Consider installing permanent electric heat tape to the pipes at risk.