While winter certainly took its time getting here this year, you can avoid the frozen pipes in Toronto and the GTA by better understanding what to do when the temperature drops. Whether you’re planning a little getaway to somewhere warm or just worried about an ice-cold week ahead, here are some of the basics when it comes to frozen pipes.
What you’re responsible for
To start, it’s important to know which pipes you, as a homeowner, are responsible for. If a pipe freezes or bursts near the road, the city of Toronto will be responsible for it. However, if you have frozen pipes anywhere within your property line, you’ll need to handle that. This can be costly depending on the damage caused, but there are things you can do to avoid this – especially in your home.
How you can prevent frozen pipes
- Insulating is key
- Closing up for the winter
- Shut it off or keep it running
Just like you would wear your winter coat to protect against the cold temperatures of winter, insulating your home can go a long way in saving you money. Consider any drafty windows or doors. If they are letting in cold air, not only will this cost you a bit more on your energy bill, it could actually contribute to frozen pipes. Sealing these up doesn’t take too much effort or expense from you either. If you can’t make these repairs yourself – installing draft stoppers on doors or sealing windows – we advise calling a professional to address these issues.
Another simple way to ward off frozen pipes in Toronto and the GTA is to make sure any pipes that are prone to freezing are properly insulated. In most cases, a professional can help here without charging too much at all.
Finally, if you are planning to get away from the cold weather, think about your pipes before you leave. Without regular use, a cold snap could freeze up your pipes. That means when you get home and want to use the water, it might not work or pipes could burst! Shutting your water off completely or leaving the taps on to produce a very thin stream of water are just 2 ways to help – keep in mind that leaving the water running for a long time will show up on your next bill.
On those especially cold days, make sure your pipes have access to some kind of heat too. Keep doors within your home open to circulate warm airflow to pipes in bathrooms and kitchens, which are closest to the frigid outdoors.
Wondering what frozen pipes actually like like? Check out this article about how to thaw them.
Professionals can help with frozen pipes
Phoenix Heating & Cooling has over 30 years of experience helping homeowners navigate the troubles they face with HVAC. While we specialize in repairs and installation of HVAC, we would be more than happy to help you sidestep the damage frozen pipes tend to cause. Contact us at 647-243-3570 to learn more or just get some advice about how to avoid, handle, or even thaw out your frozen pipes this winter.