Cold temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. Many landlords are frightened they will get this call from a tenant during the winter months. Many wrongly think that frozen pipes are only a problem for those in normally cold climates. However, the homes that are generally more in danger to frozen pipes are those in normal warmer climates since the pipes may not be correctly protected against such freezing temperatures. The good news is there are some easy steps you can take to help stop this issue from happening when the temperatures drop.
Keep the Heat on: If you or your tenants are leaving for certain period of time, ensure that the heat is kept on your property. It may be tough to persuade your tenants to leave their heat on when they are away, particularly if they are accountable for paying their own utilities. You should tell them that the heat can help to stop the pipes from getting frigid, and if pipes freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their ownership.
Let the Faucet to trickle: If you are frightened a pipe will freeze, you can let the faucet to trickle a bit. Letting the faucet to be open like this will mitigate pressure in the system. If a pipe freezes, it is generally the pressure that is produced between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. Letting the faucet to be open will stop this pressure from building up and thus, keep the pipe from bursting.
Let your Inner doors Open: Pipes are frequently located in cabinets. When the temperatures drop, it is a good concept to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well. You should also keep all inner doors open so that the heat can flow throughout the home.
Seal off Cracks and Holes: You should block any holes or cracks that exist near pipes. This should be done on both interior and exterior walls. Doing so can help keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
Put Heating Tape: For pipes that are simply reachable, the electrical heating tape may be a choice to keep them from freezing. This tape can be put in straight away to the pipe. There are two kinds of heating tape. One kind of heating tape turns on and off by itself when it feels heat is required. The other kind of heating tape requires to be plugged in when heat is required and unplugged when not in use.
Add Extra Protection: Pipes that are located in areas that do not have proper protection, such as basements or attics, may need added protection to keep from freezing. Pipes in basements or attics are not the only ones that may not be corrected protected from the cold. If you have had an issue with pipes freezing anywhere in your home, extra protection could be the cure.
A frozen pipe is always a trouble, but it normally consequence in a much more critical situation than just a temporary loss of water. By taking the proper preventive measures, or by contacting Priority Plumbing Toronto, you may never need to be anxious about thawing frozen pipes, or worse, repairing a pipe that bursts when the water in it freezes solid.