Prevent frozen pipes
All properties in Winnipeg are at risk for frozen pipes. Some things that can cause pipes to freeze include:
- Weather conditions
- Frost depth
- Age and location of your properties
- Insulation levels in your property
- Ground depth of water pipes
- Width of streets
- Changes to landscaping or foundation of your home
You can reduce the risk of frozen pipes by following these steps:
- Insulate your pipes (foam pipe covers can be found at your local home improvement store).
- Seal air leaks. Check for cracks and gaps around baseboards, windows, doors, and electrical outlets.
- Insulate unheated areas including: garages, attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
- Find your main water shut-off valve and know how to turn it off in case of an emergency.
- Disconnect outdoor hoses.
- Drain and shut off water supply leading to outdoor faucets (outdoor faucets are first to freeze).
- Leave outdoor taps slightly open to allow any remaining water to expand when freezing.
- Set the thermostat no lower than 12°C (55°F) at night and when you are away.
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water pipes nearby.
- Open kitchen, bathroom, or laundry cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around plumbing.
- If you are away for an extended period, verify your insurance policy to see how often someone should be checking your home.