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What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze? Tips from Professional Plumbers

Frozen pipes are one of the most common issues facing homeowners in Canada. Ontario winters are severe, long, and come with their own, unique set of challenges. Getting proper winter plumbing services from your local plumbers can help you avoid the need for emergency plumbing during the season. The pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are those located in low-insulation areas like garages, attics, and external walls. Be sure to check these areas with care before the season starts or ask an established plumber for assistance inspecting your pipes.

Frozen Pipes in Ontario

If you return home after a long day of work to find your faucets are not working, or you come back from your winter holidays to find a leak in your home, you may have frozen pipes. The damage can be stressful to deal with but it becomes easier with reliable plumbers at your side. The team at A Rescue Rooter can provide services for frozen pipes backed by over thirty years of experience connecting plumbers to residents of Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Brantford, St. Catharine’s and surrounding areas.

Here are the three steps you can take if you find frozen pipes in your home:

  1. Locate the Problem: Turn on all the faucets in your home to try to narrow down the location of the frozen section of pipes. If only one faucet is not receiving water, you can determine the small section of plumbing that is affected. If a larger area of your home is not getting water, it may be an external freeze or main pipe that has become frozen.
  2. Thaw the Ice: Leave the faucets open in order to keep a bit of water moving through the area and also to help relieve some pressure from the pipes. If you have located the frozen area and are able to easily access the pipes, you can try using a hair dryer, heat fan, space heater, warm towels, or heat tape to accelerate the thawing. Be careful not to put the heat source directly on the pipes and choose the method that is best suited to your pipe material.
  3. Contact Professionals: You will need an expert to assess the extent of the damage or help reach difficult pipes. If you are hesitant to handle the frozen area yourself, A Rescue Rooter has plumbers who can provide emergency plumbing services 24/7.

Hire Experienced Plumbers to Ensure Proper Winter Maintenance

Avoid frozen pipes or deal with the freezing by contacting a plumber in Brantford, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharine’s, or Oakville. Get in touch with A Rescue Rooter today for plumbing services across Ontario. Contact us online or call the location nearest you for assistance.