Frozen pipes can leave you with no water or cause your pipes to burst, leading to expensive property damage. Take steps to protect your pipes from freezing this winter.
7 Tips to Help Prevent Frozen Pipes:
- Know where to find your main water shut-off valve and how it works. Just in case your pipes burst.
- Insulate pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, the attic and garage. This can be done with foam pipe covers available from building supply or home improvement stores.
- Seal air leaks in your home and garage to stop cold air from getting in. Check around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes.
- Outdoor faucets are the first to freeze. Unscrew any hoses, turn off the outdoor water supply and let the taps drain.
- If your pipes are prone to freezing, there may be a problem you cannot see. Consider contacting a plumber for advice on how best to protect your home.
- Keep areas with pipes above 8 degrees Celsius, especially near the water meter.
- In extreme cold weather, consider running a tap to keep the water moving.
Visit the City of Toronto website to learn more.