Now that the winter season is upon us, one of the most common water issues caused by cold weather are frozen pipes.
When it freezes, water in a pipe expands. This creates pressure on the pipe and could cause it to break, regardless if it is plastic or metal. Pipes that freeze most frequently are swimming pool feeder lines, outdoor hose bibs, and water supply lines and unheated interior areas like basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces. As well, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Ideally, you would have drained the water from your pipes in the fall, before the temperature dipped below zero. Now that we’re in the middle of winter, here are some tips to prevent pipes from freezing now:
If you turn on a faucet and only a bit of water comes out, the pipe is likely frozen. Here’s what you should try to fix the problem:
The thawing problem could take a few hours to resolve, depending on the situation.
You should check with your insurance company to see if your policy covers water damage from burst pipes. Alert Labs provides real time alerts about temperature drops in your home that could lead to frozen pipes and water damage. A home free from water damage in winter is not just a pipe dream.
Water is one of those things in our daily lives that we take for granted. It’s always there and available when we need it. Almost 65 per cent of our bodies are made of it and we’re constantly losing water when we sweat, go to the bathroom and breathe. We can survive around two weeks without food but only three or four days without water.
The average Canadian family of four uses about 1000 L of water every day and the average American family around 1500 L.