INTRODUCTION 

As winter settles in, the threat of frozen pipes looms, bringing the potential for significant damage to your home. In this guide, we’ll explore practical tips to prevent frozen pipes and provide a step-by-step plan of action if you find yourself facing this common winter plumbing issue. Safeguard your home and be prepared with expert advice and essential supplies from Olds Home Hardware Building Centre. 

 

Preventing Frozen Pipes 

  1. Insulate Exposed Pipes: 
  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as basements, crawlspaces, and attics. Pipe insulation is available at Olds Home Hardware Building Centre and is an effective way to protect against freezing temperatures. 
  1. Seal Drafts: 
  • Identify and seal drafts in your home, especially near pipes. Use caulk or insulation from Olds Home Hardware Building Centre to seal gaps and prevent cold air from reaching your pipes. 
  1. Maintain Heat: 
  • Keep your home adequately heated, especially during cold spells. Maintain a consistent temperature, even when you’re away, to prevent pipes from freezing. 
  1. Let Faucets Drip: 
  • On extremely cold nights, allow faucets to drip slowly. The movement of water can prevent freezing. Ensure both hot and cold water faucets are slightly open. 
  1. Open Cabinet Doors: 
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to reach pipes. This is especially important for pipes located along exterior walls. 
  1. Disconnect Hoses: 
  • Disconnect outdoor hoses and drain water from outdoor faucets to prevent freezing. Consider installing frost-free hose bibs from Olds Home Hardware Building Centre for added protection. 

Dealing with Frozen Pipes 

  1. Identify the Frozen Pipe: 
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, there’s a chance you have a frozen pipe. Follow the pipes from the faucet to where it runs through unheated areas. 
  1. Keep the Faucet Open: 
  • Keep the affected faucet open to relieve pressure as the ice begins to melt. This can prevent pipes from bursting. 
  1. Apply Heat: 
  • Use a hairdryer, heat lamp, or portable space heater from Olds Home Hardware Building Centre to apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe. Start from the faucet end and work your way back. 
  1. Use Towels Soaked in Hot Water: 
  • Wrap towels soaked in hot water around the frozen pipe. This helps conduct heat to the frozen area. 
  1. Apply Heat Tape: 
  • If you have heat tape, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply it to the frozen section of the pipe. 
  1. Call a Professional: 
  • If you’re unable to locate the frozen pipe, or if your efforts don’t resolve the issue, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Olds Home Hardware Building Centre can recommend trusted local plumbers. 

Essential Supplies from Olds Home Hardware Building Centre 

  1. Pipe Insulation: 
  • Explore a variety of pipe insulation options at Olds Home Hardware Building Centre to protect vulnerable pipes in your home. 
  1. Caulk and Weatherstripping: 
  • Find high-quality caulk and weatherstripping products to seal drafts and prevent cold air infiltration. 
  1. Heat Tape: 
  • Invest in reliable heat tape from Olds Home Hardware Building Centre to provide an extra layer of protection against freezing temperatures. 
  1. Space Heaters: 
  • Browse a selection of space heaters suitable for different spaces in your home to maintain a consistent temperature. 
  1. Frost-Free Hose Bibs: 
  • Consider upgrading outdoor faucets with frost-free hose bibs from Olds Home Hardware Building Centre to prevent freezing. 

Conclusion 

By taking proactive measures and knowing how to respond to frozen pipes, you can safeguard your home from winter plumbing woes. Visit Olds Home Hardware Building Centre to explore a comprehensive range of supplies and seek expert advice to ensure your home is well-prepared for the challenges of the colder months.