Being prepared for winter is half the battle, and considering the frigid temperatures we experienced last winter in Ontario, it would be valuable for you to understand the ways you can prevent frozen pipes in your home.
Protect your home this winter - avoid frozen and burst pipes by following our tips.
#1 | Be prepared.
Winter preparation is in full effect and first things first - you must learn where exactly your home’s water shutoff is and ensure your foundation and vents are protected with insulation.
#2 | Turn off the water.
In a previous blog, 4 Home Winterizing Tips You Need To Do, we discussed how essential it is to prep your plumbing. Make sure you have all outdoor water turned off and blown out. If you are planning on taking a vacation over the winter, be sure to turn off your water altogether.
In the worst case, turn off the main water valve while the house is unoccupied or while you sleep. If pipes freeze and break, the spillage is limited only to the water in the pipe.
#3 | Check the temperature.
Often issues with burst pipes are caused by non-insulated spaces within your home – such as attics, crawlspaces, etc. It would be helpful for you to review your home’s attic/crawlspaces to ensure sufficient insulation has been used. Furthermore, increasing the temperature in your house will help move heat into those spaces, helping negate freezing.