Keep the water flowing: Avoiding frozen pipes this winter

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One of those issues cold weather can make is water pipes freezing. "A stream of water less than a pencil width is more than enough to keep your pipe from freezing".

"Open the cabinet and let the heat get up under the cabinet and in the cabinet space, and that will keep those pipes a bit more warm", he said. If you think your pipe has burst, turn off the water the home's main shut-off valve but leave the faucets turned on before calling in your plumber.

Experts said throughout the winter people should always have cases of water in case of an emergency. "If you do it too quickly, you are going to force a small amount of area to expand and it has nowhere to go other than bust the pipe", Perry said.

The city said to date there have been four reports of underground frozen water pipes consistent with normal Winnipeg winters this time of year.

NEVER use a torch or flame to try to thaw a frozen pipe.

- Insulate pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, attic and garage. Pipes in these areas should be insulated.

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She recommended, "Really just turning off the water to the entire home because if it happens, it can be detrimental".

Keep the thermostat at the same temperature during the day and night. This leak may not be detected until the frozen pipe thaws.

Check for cracks in the vault cover of outside meter installations- A cracked cover permits cold air to enter and all insulation value to be lost.

If pipes do freeze and the customer can locate the frozen area, use a hair dryer or heat tape to thaw the area.

You may experience a slight decrease in water pressure.

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