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31 December 2017, 12:34 | Ivan Casey
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She recommended, "Really just turning off the water to the entire home because if it happens, it can be detrimental". By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you can have a higher heating bill but you can prevent a more costly fix job if pipes freeze and burst.
Business and homeowners are being advised to protect against freezing pipes by keeping the thermostat at or above 55 degrees.
If your pipes are already frozen there are small and easy steps you can do at home.
Johnson says materials customers should have on hand are heat tape, pipe insulation, a portable space heater and a portable hairdryer. We encourage customers to take the following precautions to reduce freezing or bursting pipes, as well as any damage to the water meter.
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Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping including meter fix costs. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
If your pipes do freeze, Gilley says the first thing you should do is shut off the water supply to your your home.
If residents suspect their water meter or service line is frozen, they can call the city's Utilities Department at 832-7800, and a field representative will respond to thaw the frozen meter or assess the situation.
The cost of fixing frozen pipes can be very expensive and could result in re-piping the whole house.
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Turn off outside faucets- Don't forget to disconnect your hose. They say to know the location of the water shut-off valve in case of an emergency and to have the number of a plumber handy.
More information is available on the City of Winnipeg's website.
Keep the faucet open. Try to seal openings and air leaks in the crawlspace or basement, including access doors, air vents in the foundation and cracks. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended, and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
You may experience a slight decrease in water pressure. You may need to call a professional that specializes in "Frozen Plumbing".
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