Winnipeg Residents Make 115 Reports of Frozen Pipes

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Four reports of underground frozen pipes have been received this season, which the city says is consistent with a normal Winnipeg winter.

He said the slow flow of the water will help prevent pipes from freezing.

Luckily, these problems are preventable by evaluating areas of vulnerability throughout the home and taking certain precautions. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. Consider wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but follow manufacturer's instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard.

He also suggests leaving cabinet doors open to expose pipes to the warmth of the house, and knowing how to shut your water off. Russell says it's also important for apartment dwellers to know how to do that.

If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly.

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Keep your garage door closed if there is water pipes inside.

Schrock said keeping a meter key handy to shut off your water-main from the street before it's too late can prevent a major disaster.

Frozen pipes are much more common in weather like this and how you deal with them can make all the difference.

According to the American Red Cross you should keep you should keep your thermastat set to at least 55 degrees inside your home. You want to stay there with it and try to get the pipes thawed out.

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