Winnipeg Residents Make 115 Reports of Frozen Pipes

31 December, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Plumber offers advice on protecting your pipes in winter

The service pipe can freeze in this area of the home during the cold temperatures of winter.

He said the slow flow of the water will help prevent pipes from freezing.

Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes or appliances. Chelsea Mihalko, Vice President of Mihalko's Fire and Water Restoration, says even a small break could cause massive damage, but, it won't be until it thaws that you realize it.

"These hose faucet covers kind of give a little envelope around the hose faucet where it can absorb some of the heat from the home", he said, just enough heat to avoid major issues.

Madison Water Utility sent out a news release Thursday encouraging residents to take preventative steps to prevent frozen pipes this winter.

- Insulate water pipes (hot and cold) near the exterior walls, especially those facing north.




Schrock said keeping a meter key handy to shut off your water-main from the street before it's too late can prevent a major disaster.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night.

"What you don't want to have is one of those outdoor spigots freeze and then start to split your pipe up in to your basement".

Seal any leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located.

During bitter cold weather, he said resist the urge to warm up your vehicle inside the garage with the doors open, especially if you have a waters supply line or hot water heater in it, because they too can freeze. This leak may not be detected until the frozen pipe thaws.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. "If you tape everything up and protect it from UV damage, you won't have to worry about this again for several years".

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