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The extremely cold weather combined with ice-cold winds poses a remarkable risk to the frozen or burst pipes. Freezing water transmutes into ice within the pipes, which can consequently expand and create a blockage inside the pipe-line. Irrespective of the manufacturing material of the pipe (plastic, copper or steel), this blockage potentially exerts too much pressure on the entire system, resulting in pipe failure at the vulnerable places. Even a very small crack can release in excess of 250 gallons of water in a single day. The frozen water pipes can bring about serious damage to the property and result in high repair costs.

In order to reduce the risk of freezing pipes besides preventing damage and expensive maintenance, please follow below mentioned plumbing tips.

If You Have Frozen Pipes
  • Close the main valve supplying water to the entire structure with the purpose of reducing pressure on the frozen pipes in addition to minimizing flooding in case the pipes burst.
  • If the frozen pipe is exposed and visible, utilize a hair dryer to liquefy the ice blockage. Never make use of an open flame for this purpose. If the frozen pipes are invisible, please contact the experts at Tom Day Plumbing & Drains.
  • If you observe slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipes, you must immediately seek the help of a plumber. Normally, such issues can be amicably resolved prior to any damage.

In case of frozen water pipes, please contact our highly skilled plumbing experts, who are in possession of proficient pipe-thawing equipment. You can also make a call at 416-480-0622 or schedule an appointment online. Tom Day plumbing and drains offers wide-ranging basement plumbing services in addition to water leak service and laundry room upkeep. Besides, in case of a burst or leaking pipe, our water cleanup team can remove water and dry your home professionally.

Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Keep the cabinet doors underneath sinks and in storage areas open in order to let heat circulate around the uninsulated pipes. Let a drop of hot and cold water keep dripping overnight, but in order to avoid freezing of pipeline, do not run the water into a drain line which is vulnerable to the extreme cold.

Insulate all the pipes in the unheated areas, garages, crawl spaces, and outside walls. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around all those pipes that are uncovered as well as susceptible to freezing.

Especially during the night, ensure that the heat is turned on in the building and temperature of the heat is set at minimum 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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