If you live where winter temperatures are ruthless and unforgiving, then you are probably all too familiar with the possibility of freezing pipes. In addition to investing in regular inspections, here are five tips to help you prevent frozen pipes during cold months and avoid having to call for emergency plumbers in Toronto:
- Install a good insulation: When you think about water pipes in your home, there’s a good chance you’ve missed the relationship that pipes have with attic and wall insulation. A pipe begins to freeze when there’s a significant temperature drop around it, which is why it is important for home insulation to be installed properly and in the right areas. A good, high quality insulation material—such as fiberglass or spray foam—installed in your attic, walls and other easy access points for cold air entry can help insulate pipes running inside walls and prevent them from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat turned up: By keeping the indoor temperature warm, hot air will circulate throughout the crawlspaces, walls and floors of your home, keeping pipes warm enough to not freeze or burst. Leave the thermostat on day and night to maintain a warm environment for your comfort as well as to protect those pipes, especially if your home insulation is inadequate.
- Cover exposed water pipes: Both indoor and outdoor water pipes need to be covered to prevent a frozen mess. Go to your local hardware store and pick up products that are specifically designed for insulating water pipes, like pipe sleeves, heating cables and heat tape. In a pinch, consider a temporary fix by using a layer of newspaper 1/4 inch thick or more to protect exposed pipes. But newspaper will only have a significant effect in areas where freezing temperatures don’t linger. So if temperatures in your area drop to freezing and stay there, give your pipes the proper coverage as soon as you can.
- Seal windows and doors: Weather seals and weather stripping for windows and doors are affordable investments for many reasons. By keeping out the cold air in winter, you can save money on your monthly energy bills, as well as protect your pipes from cold exposure. Proper sealing also keeps warm air out during the summer, so this is a good year-round investment to think about.
- Close exterior doors and open interior doors: Oftentimes, your home’s water supply is in the garage or basement areas, or water pipes run through these areas. To help ensure that water lines do not get exposed to freezing outside temperatures, keep garage doors closed. Inside your house, open up kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to create a path for warm air to circulate around plumbing elements.
Even if you follow tips to avoid having frozen water pipes on your hands, because cold weather has no mercy, you could still end up in a situation that calls for emergency plumbers in Toronto. If you have a plumbing emergency, contact the team at Rooter Group Inc. as soon as the problem arises. Because we are here to help 24 hours a day, we are able to send an affordable plumber to you quickly to thaw out frozen copper pipes in your home or business using our readily available electric thaw machine. Call us as soon as you need our help!