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How to Treat Frozen Pipes | Roto-Rooter Calgary

Frozen pipesThe start of winter means Calgary homeowners are probably bracing for bitter cold and high heating bills. But if you're looking to save a little by lowering the thermostat, be careful not to cause a frozen pipe, as it could lead to repairs far more expensive than any utility bill.

Preventing frozen pipes

Pipes near exterior, uninsulated walls are the most likely ones to freeze. Take these steps to minimize the risk:

  • Open cabinet doors underneath sinks or closets to allow heat to circulate near these areas.
  • Keep your thermostat set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when you're not home.
  • Take steps to insulate pipes vulnerable to freezing.

Treating frozen pipes

If you spot a frozen pipe, you'll need to act quickly to prevent a leak and costly damage.

  • Locate your water main valve and shut it off.
  • If you can reach the pipe, use a hair dryer to try and thaw the area. Do not use an open flame to thaw frozen pipes.
  • Call a plumber as soon as possible. Frozen pipes can burst and cause extensive water damage.

In the event that any pipe in your home has frozen, it's essential that you call your local Calgary Roto-Rooter emergency plumbing service quickly. A professional can help find and treat the issue before it escalates into a serious problem.

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