Safeguard your home against frozen water pipes

Plumber offers advice on protecting your pipes in winter

-If your pipes do freeze, be sure to turn off the water supply to avoid damage. Your homes water service comes through this non insulated area. The water can be used to water indoor plants, among other items.

They advise people to open up their kitchen cabinets to get air movement underneath the sink.

If water pipes are present within a garage, it's recommended that the door remain closed as much as possible.

Know the location of main water shut-off valve.

"For those that have experienced this before, it's imperative that you take the time to run your water a small amount", Jeff Kruger, Supervisor at the City of Binghamton Water Filtration Facility said.

A broken water pipe can be a messy - and costly - situation.


One simple way to keep your pipes from freezeing is to cover up your outdoor pipes with insulators.

Shut off the water immediately.

The full City of Winnipeg guidelines for dealing with frozen pipes can be found here.

If you suspect your water meter or service line is frozen, you should call your local utility department to assess the situation. This expansion breaks the pipe causing water to leak.

Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. We encourage customers to take the following precautions to reduce freezing or bursting pipes, as well as any damage to the water meter. Water inside the meter can freeze, damaging it and requiring replacement of the entire unit at the homeowners' expense!

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