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Protecting your pipes amid stretch of freezing days

Protecting your pipes amid stretch of freezing days

That refers to any pipes, including fittings, valves and fixtures that carry water through a building to the taps.

The city says homeowners can insulate water pipes near the exterior walls, weather-seal windows, check for air leaks around electrical outlets, dryer vents and pipes, and heat areas of their homes containing water pipes. All four involved the property owner's portion of pipe. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. That's through the entire winter, however.

If you find your pipes are frozen, you can call a plumber, phone the City at 311 or try to fix it yourself. The total at the end of December 2016 was two underground and 45 internal.

The city is advising home and property owners to weatherproof their basements and crawl spaces to prevent indoor plumbing from freezing.

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If your home has interior shutoff valves for outside faucets, close them and drain water from the pipes. Seal leaks with caulking or insulation to keep cold air away.

Williams has one simple piece of advice to keep the water going.

Pearl also encourages folks to keep the cabinet doors open, especially for pipes located on the outside wall; that allows the heat from your home to warm the pipes.

"You know a pond will freeze before river, so moving water doesn't freeze as fast as still water does, so if you have a drip you always have water moving through your pipes essentially like a river". Consider wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but follow manufacturer's instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard. "That's just a fraction above freezing and that's when we'll see more mains pop around the city".


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