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City warns Winnipeggers to protect against frozen pipes

City of Winnipeg warning homeowners to weatherproof home as the deep freeze continues. Getty Images

WINNIPEG — As Winnipeggers continue to bundle up during the deep freeze, the city is warning homeowners to weather-proof their homes to help protect against frozen pipes.

As of Jan. 13 there have been 41 reports of no water due to frozen pipes, according to the City of Winnipeg. There has also been one report of underground frozen water pipes this season.

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Some preventative measures to protect internal plumbing include:

  • Insulate areas of your home containing water pipes, including crawlspaces, garages and attics.
  • Insulate water pipes (both hot and cold) near the exterior walls, especially those facing north.
  • Weather-seal your windows.
  • Check for air leaks around electrical outlets, dryer vents and pipes. Seal these leaks with caulking or insulation to keep cold air away from your pipes.
  • Heat areas of your home containing water pipes so that warm air will prevent them from freezing.
  • Keep the garage door closed if there are water pipes inside.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near outside walls.

 

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