Keep the Cold Away—Call Fort McMurray Plumbers!
When you think of winter, you generally think about fun activities like building a snowman with your family — or putting up the Christmas tree! Whatever it is you do in the winter months, rest assured there are many great things happening!
It’s important to note that winter isn’t all about good times and fun activities. In fact, you need to be aware of the dreaded frozen pipes situation! As we all know, winter can often result in plumbing issues if frozen pipes aren’t prevented or taken care of properly. So, what can you do to prevent this from happening to you? Well, it starts by doing some maintenance around your home so you’re prepared for colder weather including:
Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)
Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.
If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.
Don’t underestimate the importance of frozen pipe prevention. If they burst, you can find yourself facing an extremely expensive home disaster. Think of it this way — if even one pipe bursts in your home, and let’s say it’s running at four to eight gallons a minute — well, this can do tens of thousands of dollars in damage (yikes!) So, when do bursts happen? Well, usually when the water cools several degrees below freezing in the pipe, which causes ice to form. This can result in pressure building up in the pipe, which can split the pipe and lead to eventual water damage once the water is thawed inside the pipe.
So, don’t delay — take action today to prevent frozen pipes in your home! And of course, if you do have a problem with frozen pipes, give us a call at 780-809-4524.