The city of Winnipeg is facing an increase in reports of frozen pipes due to the recent cold snap.
So far this winter, the city has received 115 reports of indoor plumbing frozen, resulting in no water available for these properties.
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Single-family home owners are responsible for all internal plumbing, which is the pipe that goes up to the faucets in the building.
There have now been four reports of underground frozen pipes that the city says are normal for a winter in Winnipeg.
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Residents do not recommend running their water to prevent the pipes from freezing unless instructed to do so.
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If you find your pipes frozen, you can call a plumber, call the town at 311, or try to fix the problem yourself.
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When thawing a pipe, take a gradual approach rather than blasting the pipe with heat.
To prevent pipes from freezing, make sure the windows are weatherproof, insulate rooms where there are pipes – insulate the pipes themselves if they are near outside walls – and see if they are Air escapes from sockets and ventilation slots.
The complete Winnipeg City Guidelines for Handling Frozen Pipes can be found here.
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