Protect Your Home from Burst Pipes – Post-Cold Weather Care Tips by Emerald Management
As we transition from the extreme cold spell, a critical concern for homeowners and renters alike is the risk of frozen pipes bursting. At Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., we understand the potential havoc this can cause, including significant water damage. Our goal is to arm you with essential knowledge to prevent these incidents.
Understanding the Risk: Why Do Pipes Burst?
- Pipe Maintenance – Water expands when it freezes, creating immense pressure inside pipes. This pressure can cause pipes to crack or burst as the ice thaws, leading to water leaks.
Proactive Measures to Prevent Burst Pipes:
Maintain Consistent Heat
- Home Heating Tips – Keeping your home’s temperature steady, even when unoccupied, can prevent pipes from freezing. A slightly higher thermostat setting is advisable. Weather can be unpredictable in Alberta and you should always leave your thermostat set at least to 18’C.
Open Cabinet Doors
- Efficient Home Heating – Facilitating warm air circulation around plumbing, particularly under sinks, can prevent freezing.
Let Faucets Drip
- Plumbing Care – A slight drip in faucets can relieve pressure in the plumbing system, reducing the risk of burst pipes. If you have an area in your home that is cooler than others, you may consider letting the faucet slightly drip to keep the water flowing (don’t forget to take out the sink stopper!).
Regular Pipe Inspections
- Home Maintenance Look for signs of frost or unusual bulging on pipes, indicating potential freezing.
Emergency Response: Acting Fast if a Pipe Bursts
- Know where the water shut offs in your home are.
- Immediately shut off the main water supply in your home or unit.
- Contact our Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. at 403-237-8600 without delay.
Stay Informed and Prepared We urge our community at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. to take these preventive measures to heart. Your safety and the integrity of your home are paramount to us.
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