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Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

Tips for Winterizing the Plumbing of Your Calgary Area Home

Phil Laprairie

Tips for Winterizing the Plumbing of Your Calgary Area HomeWhile preparing your Calgary home for another long, cold winter, don't forget to pay special attention to your plumbing. Burst pipes and other plumbing issues are common during freezing temperatures, but these costly situations can all be avoided, by following the plumbing winterization tips listed below. 

  • Pack up your garden hoses. Leaving a garden hose connected during freezing temperatures can result in major damage, as ice forms, and pressure builds up in your indoor water lines. It's common for a water line break or leak to occur at this point, flooding your interior and destroying your property; disconnect all hoses, and drain outdoor pipes before cold weather arrives. 
  • Put on a jacket. Install an exterior, insulated faucet jacket after disconnecting hoses, to protect the faucets and lines running in to your home. Use the corresponding shutoff valve to drain the water from pipes leading to outdoor hoses. 
  • Heat the indoors. Don't let interior temperatures dip below 13 degrees Celsius. Warm air circulating throughout your home keeps the pipes in exterior walls from freezing; open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to reach those pipes located inside. 
  • Keep the cold out. Close the garage door, particularly if it houses your water heater.
  • Don't let pipes freeze. Keep a close eye on your water pressure, as the first sign of frozen pipes is a reduced water flow. If you suspect a problem, call for service immediately. 
  • Keep it moving. Since moving water won't freeze, allow cold water to trickle from your faucets during the evening, when temperatures are at their lowest. 
  • Insulate. Wrap exposed pipes in unconditioned spaces such as your attic, crawlspace or outside walls, with foam insulation, after first applying electrical heating tape. 
  • Seal leaks. Even a tiny opening to the outdoors can let in enough cold air to freeze your pipes. Check for leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, pipes, and wall outlets, and seal with caulking or insulation where needed.  

For more plumbing winterization tips, give us a call at Arpi's Industries, Ltd., serving homeowners in Calgary and the surrounding areas for over 50 years. 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about winterizing your home and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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