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The Best Ways To Prepare the Pipes for Winter

Learning Different Ways To Care for the Pipes 

When one becomes a homeowner, it’s as if they become initiated into the preventative maintenance community. That is to say, most things in the home require regular maintenance and upkeep to ensure their efficiency and longevity. The same can be said for the home’s piping system as well. If homeowners don’t take the necessary precaution to prepare their pipes for the cold Toronto winter months, they will likely find a leak or two before the springtime hits. There are several ways homeowners can prepare their pipes for the cold months ahead. The easiest and most cost-efficient ways are listed below. Continue reading to learn more. 

The Risks of Burst Pipes

A burst pipe in a home can lead to all kinds of other problems. It mainly depends on where the leak is located and how bad it is. However, if the house had old pipes to begin with, there is a high chance that homeowners will probably have more than one leak within the piping system. If this is the case, a burst pipe can absolutely have their entire plumbing system shut down until the problem is eradicated. 

There are usually different levels of intensity. Some homeowners may experience a foundation shift, basement flooding, or their floors and walls seem to be damp all the time. That said, it is nearly impossible to know when a burst pipe will turn from bad to worse. That is why it is always highly recommended to call a professional the moment any signs of a possible burst pipe are noticed. Some of these signs include:

  • The constant sound of running water
  • Inconsistent water pressure
  • Loud banging noises in the walls
  • Water coming into the home

Common Benefits of Pipe Insulation 


For Toronto residents, pipe insulation is perhaps one of the best things homeowners can do for their piping system. The winter here can be harsh. A little too harsh for some older pipes. If homeowners have insulation installed in their pipes, it keeps them safe from freezing temperatures and can even reduce water bill costs. 

Piping insulation works the same way insulation in the walls or ceilings. It works to maintain a warm temperature in the pipes for a longer amount of time. This ensures the pipes don’t freeze over, which means the pipes have a reduced risk of bursting. 

Other Ways To Prevent Burst Pipes This Winter

There are many folklores revolved around different ways to help prevent burst pipes, including keeping the home above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and letting the faucets drip water. Some folklores turn out to be fabricated, but these, however, are very true. They aren’t the only way to prevent burst pipes, though! Below are a few other ways to help reduce burst pipes:

  • Leaving interior doors open
  • Leaving garage door closed
  • Repairing any and all cracks or leaks in the fall


Sewer Squad Plumbing & Drain Services Knows Plumbing

The professionals at Sewer Squad Plumbing & Drain Services have over 6 years of experience in the business. When homeowners have plumbing issues, don’t hesitate to give them a call. They could have the problem fixed before it becomes an expensive burden. Call today for all your Toronto emergency plumbing needs!