How to Prevent Burst Pipes

20 Nov. 19

How to Prevent Burst Pipes

It’s snowing in Canada. The temperature around is falling gradually. This is the time when you need to winterize your home’s plumbing system to protect them from any damage due to a sudden temperature drop. Before anything else, you must take care of the plumbing pipes. When the temperature falls below 20°F, the plumbing pipes start to freeze. Water flowing through the pipes freezes and expands. If the pipes are exposed to the cold temperature continuously, the excess pressure due to expansion can cause burst pipes. Pipe bursts result in gallons of water wastage and damage to your property. 

The best way to keep such nightmares at bay is preventing burst pipes at first place. Here’s how you can do that.

Insulate the Pipes

The best long-term resort to prevent burst pipes is to insulate your plumbing pipes. You can use pipe blankets or heating tapes available in the market to winterize the pipes. The blankets are high-quality, easy-to-use blankets that keep your plumbing pipes warm, even in the toughest of conditions. Heating tape works like an electric blanket for pipes, supplying heat directly to the pipe to keep it warm during cold spells. Add extra insulation to pipes in the basement and attic because here’s where the cold winds make their way inside the house.

Let Some Water Drip

Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes most of the time. Running water through the pipe, even small and consistent drips prevents pipes from freezing. This is because some water is always in motion. When water is in motion, it doesn’t allow standing water to freeze. But on the other hand, our plumbers don’t recommend wasting water. So make sure you keep a bucket under the faucet to collect and use that dripping water.

Open Up Cabinets

Pipes are often located in cabinets. When the temperature drops, open the cabinet doors in your kitchen, bathroom, garage, and other places with plumbing pipes so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm. Try to keep the cabinet doors open for as long as possible. 

Seal the Cracks

If your home has cracks and holes, you need to seal them. Look for cracks and holes around the places where you have your home’s plumbing pipes. All of these cracks and holes should be sealed with cement so that the cold air from outside cannot enter your house and come in contact with the types. This way, you can minimize the exposure of plumbing pipes to the cold temperature.

If you are already seen the signs of frozen pipes in your house, you must try and thaw frozen pipes. If not this, you can always call our plumbers to take care of the frozen pipes. And if you are looking for a qualified plumber in Fraser Valley, we are right here to help you with all your plumbing woes.