Frozen Pipes

When you live in Ottawa, frozen pipes are a fact of life. Temperatures in the Capital City can drop as low as -40c in the winter months, which can be enough to freeze water pipes not only outside the home, but inside the home as well.

And while sometimes frozen pipes can be little more than an inconvenience, requiring you to use a different faucet to wash your hands, frozen pipes can also affect the water lines leading to your house, which can leave you without drinking water.

For times like that, DRAINPRO provides 24/7 emergency plumbing services.

Tips to avoid frozen pipes

Frozen pipes can lead to larger plumbing problems. The water inside the pipes expands when frozen, causing ruptures and broken pipes.

We advise our customers to take steps to prevent the pipes from freezing in the first place. Here are some ways to prevent pipes from freezing:

  • For indoor pipes, keep the house well heated and open any doors that may prevent heat from getting to them.
  • If you leave home for an extended period of time, make sure the house is not too cold in your absence.
  • If you suspect a pipe may freeze, leave the faucet attached to that pipe open a little ways to allow a flow of water and reduce the risk of pressure building inside the pipe.
  • Shut off water to all outside hose bibs before winter begins.

Be aware that, should pipes freeze, you should call DRAINPRO immediately.

We can thaw your pipes

DRAINPRO uses special heating devices to thaw your pipes quickly without damaging them. It’s crucial that pipes be thawed as soon as possible to ensure that they do not rupture.

Our Ottawa plumbers are spread over the city in our fleet of trucks, so when you call, it’s likely that we already have a plumber near you.

And, again, if you’re unable to get drinking water, call us for emergency plumbing services.

Let DRAINPRO winterize your pipes

If your pipes are consistently freezing, they may need to be winterized. Several things can be done to ensure that pipes do not freeze in the winter.

One solution is to run special heating coils next to problematic piping. If pipes are located outside, DRAINPRO can reroute them indoors to help prevent freezing.

Finally, DRAINPRO can insulate your pipes with special foam insulation.

Contact us to arrange for an estimate today!


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