Prepare pipes -- inside and out -- to weather the cold

Dec 31, 2017, 00:36
Prepare pipes -- inside and out -- to weather the cold

As the temperature continue to drop outside, it's time to take precautionary measures inside your home to keep your pipes from freezing. Your water pipes and meter (if you have one) might freeze if they are not protected from extreme cold.

They say people can open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors around sinks so warm air can get around the pipes. Experts also suggest you using an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. Your homes water service comes through this non insulated area.

- Insulate pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, attic and garage.

Meanwhile, there have been four reports of underground frozen pipes, which the City says is normal for a Winnipeg winter.

About 50 people reported their pipes have frozen in the recent days, says the City of Hamilton in a news release.

And if you have a neighbor who's out of town for the winter or a house in the neighborhood that's vacant, keep an eye out for water coming out from under doors or any unusual frost buildup on the inside of windows.

Keep the thermostat at the same temperature during the day and night.

Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.

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.

You may experience a slight decrease in water pressure.

Any residents with questions regarding frozen pipes can call the Binghamton Public Works Dispatch at 607-772-7020. The video is from several years ago in an vacant home.