Prevent Frosty Pipes

Frozen is great for Disney movies, not so great for the pipes in your home. As winter settles in Alberta, the risk of freezing pipes increases.


What makes frozen pipes dangerous? Think back to elementary school science class. When the temperature approaches zero, water freezes. And just before water freezes, it expands, putting pressure on a pipe and bursting it.

That could mean injury, property damage, and – if it’s not addressed quickly – black mold.

Remember to drain any outdoor faucets. It’s as easy as:

  1. Turn off the valve to outdoor water faucets
  2. Disconnect and drain your hoses
  3. Drain the outdoor faucet so there's no water left in the pipe

If you’re planning a getaway for more than four consecutive days during the regular heating season (months your furnace is on), keep these tips in mind:

  • Turn off your home’s main water valve and drain your pipes. Keep your thermostat set at 15 C or higher. This helps uninsulated pipes in an uninsulated space stay above freezing during a cold snap.
  • If you can’t drain your pipes, have a trusted friend or neighbour check your home every day and run water through the taps. If you don’t and damage happens from frozen plumbing, your insurance may not cover it.

Source: Alberta Motor Association

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