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FROZEN AND BURST PIPES

Winter is coming. We face it every year in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville, and this year we are going to be prepared! This freezing cold weather can cause frozen pipes in your home, which can result in burst pipes and flooding. Ideally you will never have to go through something like this, but in reality, it happens every single day throughout these winter months. Don’t worry, Firstcall Plumbing and Drain Services are ready to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


How do waterlines freeze in a home?

**If you are going on vacation during these winter months, please read the bottom of this blog for step-by-step instructions to prevent property damage from freezing and burst pipes while you are travelling.**

This can happen in many circumstances, including extended power outages, insufficient heating, or maybe your plumbing is exposed to the elements. When plumbing in a home doesn’t have sufficient heating, and is exposed below freezing point, pipes can freeze and burst. In particular, crawlspaces and any plumbing fixtures close to exterior walls, or without adequate insulation (such as outdoor faucets, hose bibs, and sediment faucets) are usually the first to freeze and burst in your basement ceiling.


Water lines are made of plastic, copper and galvanized steel, which are all at risk of freezing. When these pipes burst, they can cause a lot of damage and create very expensive repairs; the smallest crack in a waterline can flood your home in no time. Freezing and burst pipes are no joke, please continue reading below to learn how to prevent frozen pipes, or repair if you are faced with frozen pipes or flooding due to a burst pipe.


Freezing and burst pipes are no joke, please continue reading below to learn how to prevent frozen pipes, or repair if you are faced with frozen pipes or flooding due to a burst pipe.

From your local plumbing company here in town, Firstcall Plumbing and Drain Services Plumbers have put together some preventative maintenance tips, repair solutions, and emergency contact info for you below


• Familiarize yourself and family members with the location of your main water shutoff valve, usually located beside your water meter and curb box (AKA curb stop), usually found on your property line in the front yard. This is very important to know in case the city shows up to shut down your water service in any emergency situation.


• If your ceiling is flooding or your basement is flooding due to a frozen/burst pipe, shut off the water to your entire home and call your Local Plumber at 905-630-3861


• If you don’t know how to shut off the water to your entire home, DO NOT PANIC, call Firstcall Plumbing and Drain Services at 905-630-3861, we will try to help you locate and shut off the water over the phone. This is a free service, and we will always continue to provide this service to help people, when we can, to avoid more damages


• Sediment faucets, hose bibs, outdoor faucets that are installed on a exterior wall are at higher risk of freezing than any other faucet in your home


• Remove your garden hoses from your outdoors faucet (AKA sediment faucets), this includes any faucets in your garage, and go find those access panels in the ceiling or wall to shut off the water supply, return to the outdoor faucet and open it up to drain the water that was sitting in between


• Leave cabinet doors under your sinks open to ensure the heat from your home can circulate around the drains and water lines


• If you intend on running a small amount of water from your taps, this will reduce the chances of water freezing in your pipes, but please be careful to test your drain first so you do not flood the sink and cause unnecessary damages


• Insulate all pipes susceptible to freezing in areas without heat or proper insulation (e.g. garages, crawl spaces, attics, pipes near exterior walls, etc.)


• Install heat tape or heat cables around all waterlines and drains that are exposed to the freezing elements


• Make sure heat is always on in your home during the winter months and keep the temperature to a minimum of 12deg C (54deg F) at all times, especially where your water meter and main shutoff is located


• Do not leave garage door open any longer then it needs to be


• If you want to thaw your own pipes to save money, PLEASE BE CAREFUL when attempting to use a hair dryer to thaw ice blockages, this may cause ELECTROCUTION


• NEVER use open flames to thaw frozen pipes


• NEVER put anti-freeze or similar products in your water system


• If frozen pipes are not easily accessible or clearly visible, before you start cutting into walls and risk electrocution, call a plumber


• If you notice your water is becoming sluggish and think you have frozen pipes, call a plumber right away. In many cases, frozen pipes can be thawed out before damages occur from a burst pipe


**VACATION ALERT ** Please follow these step-by-step instructions to prevent freezing and burst pipes while you are travelling.**


Shut off the main water valve, located beside your water meter

Open a tap on your lowest floor to drain all water out of your plumbing system

Flush all toilets


Find someone you trust who can checkup on your home periodically while you are away

Thank you for visiting our blog, we hope you learned a thing or two to prevent and repair frozen pipes and burst pipes in your home. Are you ready to sign up as a plumber? Only 9,999 hours left togo.


Please remember, If you have frozen pipes or a burst pipe and need a Burlington Plumber, Hamilton Plumber or Oakville Plumber, please call Firstcall Plumbing and Drain Services at 905-630-3861, we are ready to help you 24/7 with all your frozen pipe and burst pipe emergencies.



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