When it’s chilly outside, a lot of people think about how they can keep their family warm; warming up the car, bundling up in layers, and cuddling by a fire under a cozy blanket. But when temperatures drop, you should also think about how you can prevent your water pipes from getting too cold as well. You’ll want to take all the necessary precautions and keep an eye on your water pipes so you don’t end up without running water or with a burst pipe.
Signs of Frozen Water Pipes
- Strange smells from the faucet or drain.
- You notice very little water coming out of the pipes (or no water at all).
- Water is not the right temperature.
- Frost appears on the pipes.
What To Do When Your Pipes Freeze
- Act fast!
- Contact a plumber
There are some tips available for thawing water pipes, but it’s best to quickly contact a licensed professional.
Tips to Avoid Frozen Water Pipes
The following are recommendations from Kitchener Utilities.
- Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses
- Shut off and drain all outdoor faucets
- Insulate all exposed outside water pipes with specially designed foam pipe covers
- Seal air leaks throughout your home and garage
- Open kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.