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Prevent Pipes From Freezing

By Village of Valemount
on Dec 29, 2021


With colder temperatures, water lines inside the home can also freeze due to freezing temperatures, extreme wind chill and cold drafts.

Following these tips may prevent frozen pipes:

Keep the heat on: keep your home heated at normal levels to avoid cold spots. Leave your heat on while on winter holidays as well.

Insulate the outside water lines: wrap any water lines near outer walls or doors with insulation. You can wrap your exterior water lines with heat tape to help prevent pipes from freezing outside.

Keep the water flowing: frequently drawing water from the tap may prevent freezing because it creates a regular flow of water.
Let the water drip from the faucet: running water through the pipe—even a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing. Drip hot or cold water to keep pipes from freezing.

Turn off outdoor hoses: double check your outside hose faucet to ensure they're closed off. If they freeze, they can burst and may cause water to drain into your home.

Check your hot water tank: if your hot water tank is located in a maintenance room outside of your home, make sure the area is adequately heated. If you are going to be away, ask the person who is checking on your home to run the taps as running water through the lines in cold weather makes it less likely that they will freeze.
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