What Causes Frozen Pipes?

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

If you have ever been privileged to have some frozen pipes in Winnipeg you may wonder what caused it. Although the answer may seem simple in terms of the fact that the freezing temperatures caused it is really a lot more complicated question than that. For example, you may wonder why after all of these years in your home it is now that this has happened.

First, let’s address why pipes freeze and then we will address why now and not in the past. First, pipes freeze as a result of the water in them becoming so cold that it freezes solid enough that water pressure is cut down or completely shut off. This usually happens because pipe is exposed in one way or another to the cold temperatures outside. For example, the pipes that run over the top of a garage are often at high risk for freezing. Another place is in the attic of a home when the temperatures get far colder than normal for a long period of time.

So, answering the question about why your pipes may freeze now and not all of the winters prior one of the reasons may simply be that it is much colder than it ever has been and that has been sustained. If your pipes are not well protected in insulation it is possible that they have always been in danger of freezing but you escaped the problem s until now because it just never got cold enough for a long enough period of time. Another reason that you may have ended up frozen pipes now and not all the years prior is because of mice or other pests who have messed up the insulation and have now exposed your pipe when it was not exposed before. Another potential reason why now and not before is because your insulation has simply gotten old and matted down over time for one reason or another and now it is not enough to protect your pipes.

No matter what the reason is for your frozen pipes in Winnipeg now you need to deal with the issue. The best thing to do is to call in a professional and have them figure it out. Frozen plumbing can be tough to figure out at times and it will be done much faster and easier if you call in the people who do this all the time and know exactly what they are doing.

 
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