The Cold Weather Is Coming… Is Your Home Prepared?

A frozen outdoor faucet (also called hose bib) in winter. Frost covers the faucet.

The Cold Weather Is Coming… Is Your Home Prepared?

As the chill of the winter months descends upon Calgary, Alberta, it’s crucial to prepare your home’s plumbing for the impending winter. Calgary’s unique climate, with its frigid temperatures, rapid melt/freeze spells, and heavy snowfall, demands special attention to your plumbing system. Although we are set to experience an El Niño year, that doesn’t mean you should neglect winterizing your home, as mild cold can still cause damage. Here are some comprehensive steps to ensure your home’s plumbing is well-prepared for the winter season:

1. Secure Outdoor Faucets: In Calgary, where temperatures can plunge dramatically, it’s essential to switch off your outdoor faucets. This action allows any residual water to drain out, preventing the risk of freezing and potential pipe bursts.

2. Insulate Vulnerable Pipes: Calgary’s winters can be harsh, and all hidden pipes, especially those in garages, attics, or crawl spaces, are at risk of freezing. To combat this, use heat cables along the pipes and cover them with insulation. This extra layer of protection is vital in maintaining the integrity of your plumbing during Calgary’s intense cold spells.

3. Open Cabinet Doors: During Calgary’s prolonged cold periods, opening your cabinet doors can greatly reduce the risk of indoor pipes freezing. This simple action allows warmer air to circulate around the pipes, providing an added layer of defense against the cold.

4. Thorough Exterior Inspection: Conduct a meticulous examination of your home’s exterior, looking for any visible cracks or gaps. In Calgary, where winter winds can be piercing, these cracks can let in cold air, increasing the risk of frozen pipes. Seal any discovered cracks promptly to safeguard your home.

5. Regular Pipe Maintenance: Regular checks on the condition of your pipes can prevent costly and inconvenient winter emergencies. Calgary’s climate can be unpredictable, so staying proactive with your plumbing maintenance is key.

6. Professional Assistance: At Son-Rise Plumbing & Gasfitting, we’re equipped to ensure your plumbing withstands Calgary’s winter. Our team of experts provides upfront pricing quotations, eliminating surprises on your bill. Whether it’s routine maintenance or emergency repairs, our skilled professionals are ready to assist.

7. Emergency Plumbing Services: If faced with a plumbing emergency, don’t hesitate to contact Son-Rise Plumbing at 403-474-0859. Our experienced crew is available to provide swift, reliable solutions. Remember, we prioritize your satisfaction, and we’re not content until you are.

By following these guidelines and leveraging the expertise of Son-Rise Plumbing & Gasfitting, you can confidently navigate Calgary’s winter season, knowing your home’s plumbing is secure and efficient!

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