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Cold alert, record-breaking lows and frozen pipes for Hamiltonians

Plumber offers advice on protecting your pipes in winter

The service pipe can freeze in this area of the home during the cold temperatures of winter.

When the weather is really cold out let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.

When a water pipe freezes and breaks, water loss and significant property damage can result.

The city said every year 311 receives a number of calls in regards to no water due to frozen pipes.

If homeowners would like to save water, a tip given by experts suggest leaving an empty container under the dripping water to save for drinking water or to give to their pets.

Residents are urged to keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Plumber offers advice on protecting your pipes in winter

To prevent against frozen pipes in the first place, make sure windows are weather-sealed, insulate rooms where pipes are present - insulating pipes themselves if they're near exterior walls - and check for air leaks around electrical outlets and vents. Keeping the faucet open as you proceed with thawing the pipe can help the process as water will begin to flow more freely.

Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping including meter fix costs. The inside of cupboards can reach freezing temperatures in the extreme cold of winter, causing pipes and meters to freeze.

Insulating pipes on the perimeter of your home, where they are most susceptible to the cold, is another way to keep pipes thawed out. Use hair dryers, heat lamps or electric lamps. Don't use an open flame or an electric arc welder to thaw frozen water lines.

You may experience a slight decrease in water pressure.

"What you don't want to have is one of those outdoor spigots freeze and then start to split your pipe up in to your basement".