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Frozen and Leaking Pipes

Frozen Pipes

When winter is approaching Calgary, we all know that it could always be sooner than later, so it’s important that you gather your winterization checklist for your home’s exterior and interior. Whether you cover up your RV, check your insulation, or install some weather stripping, there is also a list of plumbing maintenance to consider before the first frost hits, and that includes knowing who to call when you need professional services for frozen pipes.

A copper pipe covered in frost with water shooting out of a burst on the side that must be fixed with frozen pipe repair services.

Your local Calgary plumber from Calgary Pro Plumbing knows the local climate very well and how the freezing cold can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Not only is your home’s pipework under threat, but also your foundation. In the event of cracks and bursts, leaks could lead to flooding and water damage that would compromise your home’s structural integrity. Our local experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary have a comprehensive list for winterization and also offer efficient Calgary frozen pipe repair services. Read on to learn more about how Mr. Rooter Plumbing helps with frozen pipes.

Frozen Pipes in Calgary

We have all been there—unexpected cold snaps that have come too early. While many are already used to having record-breaking snowfall in the spring, it’s not unusual for winter to start during autumn.

If your drain and supply lines suffer from frost, water will expand and create blockages that will restrict adequate water flow. As a result, tremendous pressure will trigger a pipe burst. When cold weather kicks in, and you notice a sudden change of water pressure, do not force your faucet or shower, but inspect your supply lines first. Chances are that you have frozen pipes.

Calgary frozen pipe repair services are most common when temperatures go below freezing because many local residents haven’t had the opportunity yet to prepare their plumbing for the winter. During the fall, winterization is often the last thing everyone has in mind, even during cooler days.

As for your outdoor living space, you have likely disconnected your garden hose and covered up your patio, but what else did you forget? Hopefully, you have cleaned your gutters, ensuring your exterior drainage system, downspout pipes included, is not clogged with leaves and debris.

Having reduced the risk of ice dams, there is another detail that you have missed—your hose bib, also known as the outdoor faucet or spigot. As an outdoor water supply unit, it’s essential to drain it and insulate it during the winter months. Ideally, you turn off the shut-off valves of any plumbing fixture that you won’t use, especially if they are in a non- or partially heated space, such as an unfurnished basement where most homeowners get frozen pipes.

Most Calgary plumbers have a list of recommendations that will help you maintain your plumbing during the winter. For example, waterproofing your basement will help stop water from seeping through the concrete or install additional ventilation systems to keep the air dry. Your sewer line is also prone to freezing for the same reasons as your water line. Insufficient insulation will eventually call for Calgary frozen pipe repairs.

Calgary Pro Plumbing’s Frozen Pipe Repairs

When hiring your local plumbers for frozen pipe repairs, you can expect us to treat it as a plumbing emergency. These incidents tend to happen overnight when it is the coldest, and you might notice the warning signs first thing in the morning before washing your face or filling your kettle. Is water either trickling off the spout or you can’t flush the toilet because the tank isn’t filling up? To reduce the risk of water damage and costly repairs, you need to address this issue immediately.

The key is to add heat to the affected pipes and thaw them as quickly as possible. If you notice bulging pipes, call Calgary Pro Plumber’s emergency plumbing services. Prior to our arrival, we will suggest that you turn off your water supply and take measures to safely thaw your water pipes as much as possible.

Upon arrival, your plumber may use heating devices to thaw your pipes. They will also run a detailed plumbing diagnosis to check for burst pipes with leak detection devices. Burst pipe repairs are common in the event of frozen pipes. Calgary plumbers complete multiple water line repairs in the winter due to water main breaks.

If you are lucky and no repairs are needed, we may recommend pipe insulation service and also give you tips on DIY insulation jobs, so you won’t have to worry about emergency frozen pipe repairs again.

Why Hire Calgary Pro Plumbing For Frozen Pipe Repairs in Calgary?

Calgary Pro Plumbing is a locally-owned plumbing company that has been serving Calgarians for many years. As a proud member of Neighborly’s community of home service providers, we always strive to provide local customers with exceptional workmanship, transparency, and customer care. Our code of values also includes respect and integrity.

Not only do we exclusively hire licensed professionals that are insured and courteous, but we also ensure they bring a positive attitude to their jobs, ensuring that our customers feel safe and well looked after during their appointment. Calgary Pro Plumbing’s goal is to build strong relationships with clients by communicating clearly and treating each home with respect and consideration.

When it comes to your home’s comfort and safety, you don’t like unexpected surprises, and neither do we. Therefore, we offer upfront pricing with an emphasis on no overtime charges. Cost estimates are made with your local plumbing professional during a consultation and inspection service. This way, our uniformed professionals have the opportunity to check for underlying issues and eliminate any surprises that could lead to unexpected surcharges.

We offer convenient appointment times and flexible service options that allow you to choose the service that works best for you. Give our friendly office team a call to learn more about our high-quality plumbing services.

Calgary Frozen Pipe Repair—Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take To Unfreeze Pipes?

To unfreeze frozen pipes, some plumbers carry effective tools that will help homeowners speed up the process. There is not much labor involved unless you consider the time we take to insulate and inspect your plumbing for leaks. We will check buried and underground lines and plumbing fixtures to ensure that once your water flow has been restored, you are not experiencing any other plumbing issues. All these steps may only take a couple of hours, or they may take longer depending on the extent of the freezing and the condition of your pipes.

How Much Does It Cost To Unfreeze Pipes?

At Calgary Pro Plumbing, we aim to be transparent with our pricing system. We believe that putting a price on a service can be very misleading if our plumbers haven’t had a chance to thoroughly inspect a problem first.

For example, frozen pipe repair may have its own price, but burst pipe repair will have a different price. Once we know the exact details of repairs and treatments needed, we’ll be able to provide you with a clear estimate with no unexpected surcharges. Please feel free to give our office team a call for more details regarding our cost system.

Can I Pour Hot Water Down The Drain To Treat Frozen Pipes?

Many plumbers do not recommend this solution, and it must be done carefully if it’s done at all. Pouring hot water down a frozen drain can put it at a greater risk of damage and can add a lot of strain to PVC pipes. In the worst-case scenario, excess pressure could trigger a pipe burst. Your best solution is to call a licensed plumber to further inspect the situation first.

How Do I Best Prevent Frozen Pipes in Calgary?

Most plumbers recommend taking preventive measures as early as late August or the start of September. Your plumbing expert at Calgary Pro Plumbing suggests the following maintenance duties for avoiding frozen pipes:

  • Disconnect your sprinkler from the hose bib, drain the unit, and apply an insulating faucet cover. Locate the shut-off valve and turn it off.
  • Hire a qualified plumber to flush your hot water tank and perform any necessary maintenance. It’s important to ensure your heater is working properly throughout the winter. If it’s performing poorly and not heating up water, it’ll also be susceptible to freezing. We’re happy to insulate the tank for you.
  • Check areas in your home that you don’t visit regularly and that is not thoroughly heated in the winter. Ensure the air duct covers are open so that the space will benefit from some furnace heat.
  • Lastly, provide your plumbing with insulation fittings in the form of wraps or foams.

Should I Turn Up My Hot Water Heater In The Winter?

Normally, there is no need to. As long as it’s preset at 49 °C, it’s OK. Frequently running hot water through your pipes will also reduce the risk of freezing, but you don’t have to turn up the heater if your supply is sufficiently warm.

How Long Do Frozen Pipes In Calgary Take To Thaw Naturally?

It will depend on the weather. Consistent frigid temperatures won’t help and the longer you wait, the riskier it is that you will need burst pipe repair services, as water will continue to expand. If the temperatures are decent, it could still take up to six hours to thaw.

Should I Turn Off the Water If I Have Frozen Pipes?

Yes, we recommend that you turn off the main shut-off valve but keep the faucets open to enable the flow. Any remaining fluid in the lines will help you through the thawing process.

How Do You Repair Burst Pipes?

This depends on the type of damage, but any visible pipe bursts are easy to repair because we can cut out the damaged section and replace it with a new one. However, if the burst occurs behind walls or concrete, we may utilize trenchless technology, which is a minimally invasive repair method that involves installing an inflatable replacement pipe that’s soaked in epoxy resin. Once it’s cured, your lines will be back to normal.

What Temperature Should I Keep My House to Prevent Frozen Pipes

The best indoor temperature is 20 °C or higher. If you have an unfinished basement, it’s likely that it’s a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of your house. If turning up the heat is not an option and affects your overall comfort, it is OK to keep it as it is, as long as your plumbing is well-insulated. During extremely cold temperatures, we recommend using a space heater in the area and opening up any cupboards with pipes to allow heat to reach them. This way, you won’t have to worry about increasing your furnace temperature, which will otherwise increase your monthly energy bills.

Are Sump Pumps Susceptible to Freezing?

They certainly are, whether this occurs inside the pit or in the discharge line. Because of the threat of floods, many local homeowners have turned to us for efficient sump pump installation services. They are an extremely valuable addition to your home but require a fair amount of maintenance, which also includes winterization. If the weather gets exceptionally cold, you can remove the discharge pipe and pause the unit (but don’t unplug it). As soon as snowmelt is near, or whenever the next Chinook arrives, remember to reattach the pipe.

Need Frozen Pipe Repairs in Calgary?

If Calgary winters are no surprise to you, we beg to differ, especially when your plumbing system is on the line. We know there is too little summer for everybody to fully enjoy when considering unexpected heat waves or wildfire smoke. But Canadians know that winter is always around the corner.

When hiring Calgary Pro Plumbing as your trusted frozen pipe repair professional, you’ll get peace of mind knowing that all preventative maintenance tasks have been ticked off. Save yourself the headache of needing trenchless sewer line repairs during the worst time of the year. Act now and be ahead of everybody.

Contact our excellent customer service team today to schedule your appointment or find out why our exceptional plumbing services surpass others.

Leaking Pipes

Are you suffering from leaking pipes? Getting professional service for that problem is essential if you want to avoid further complications. Without an efficient, effective solution from a professional Calgary plumber, you and your home will be vulnerable to future costly complications.

A plumber using a wrench to adjust the connection between a water line a leaking pipe in Calgary, AB.

All kinds of leaking pipes and fixtures increase your risk of water damage, which will lead to costly home repairs. That water loss will also increase your immediate utility costs. Even a tiny hole could have a large effect on your water bills. The smallest water leak repair could cost as much as an extra $15 per day and waste over 3000 liters of water. It only takes a hole just three times as big to waste ten times as much water and add an extra $100 per day to your water bills. If you get professional plumbing repairs as soon as you see an issue, you’ll have a much lower risk of stress caused by all those additional problems.

If you’ve got leaking pipes, trust your local Calgary plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary. Whether you need spot repairs, pipe replacement, or major repairs for underground pipes, we’re here to help! Our highly effective Calgary leaking pipe service is available across Calgary and in nearby areas. If you’ve seen the signs of a leaking pipe or fixture or require fixture repairs, your local professional plumbers are here to restore your plumbing system—and your peace of mind.

Problems Caused by Leaking Pipes

Calgary homeowners may not notice it at first because a broken pipe isn’t an isolated issue. The supply lines and sewer lines in a plumbing system are essential for continuous, smooth operation. Even a small issue with a single pipe could reverberate throughout your entire home like the echoing sounds of a wailing ghost. Sometimes, that haunting noise is one of the additional problems that causes leaking pipes.

Calgary plumbers will always recommend that you call as soon as you notice any kind of change with the fixtures and appliances that connect to your sewage system or supply lines, but there are also specific issues that indicate you need immediate support for leaking pipes. Calgary homeowners who pay attention to serious warning signs don’t hesitate to call a reliable Calgary plumbing company for a thorough inspection.

Higher Monthly Bills

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again to residents of Calgary, leaking pipes are expensive problems to have—especially if you don’t fix them quickly. Some people assume costly home damage will have the most significant effect on finances in such situations, but you shouldn’t underestimate the effect of continuous waste.

In the worst-case scenario for leaking water lines, where costs increase by over $100 each day, you could end up paying as much as an extra $4,000 in one month. It’s important that you investigate and respond to the signs of an issue before you get hit with a bill that could have been reduced with professional Calgary leaking pipe repairs.

Unpleasant Odours

Where unpleasant smells arrive near residential drains or fixtures, a plumbing issue is sure to follow. Leaking water pipes, sewer lines, and other parts of a damaged system will often announce themselves to your nose before they make themselves fully known. If you smell something funny, it might be time to take a closer look.

The range of smells that accompanies a leaking pipe is wide and varied. Sewer backup or damage often naturally brings revolting, rotten odours from seeping sewage, while a ruptured water supply line could bring the musty aroma of rust or mildew.

Strange Sounds

Are you hearing something unusual coming from your backed-up toilet drain or from within your walls? Strange sounds are another side-kick of plumbing problems—and an enemy of Calgary homeowners. If you’ve heard something odd coming from your drains or coming from inside your walls while you use your plumbing fixtures, that’s a good reason to schedule an appointment with an experienced plumber.

The sounds that could be caused by a plumbing leak include bubbling noises, whistling pipes, and banging, dripping, or clanking sounds coming from hidden areas—such as behind your walls. Those aren’t the only sounds you might hear, and there’s a wide range of potential problems that result in unusual noise, so it’s best to call a Calgary plumber as soon as you hear something worrying.

Weak Water Pressure

A change in pressure is a sure sign of an issue affecting your supply lines. If the flow of water in those lines is being directed somewhere else, such as a small hole in your supply line, it could affect the pressure in your entire house.

While some homes naturally have slightly higher or lower pressure, you should respond to any changes that reflect a sudden drop. You should also always respond to any situation that results in a complete disruption of your water supply. If you open your taps and nothing comes out, or what comes out is too weak, consider calling your certified plumbers in Calgary. If you have a pressure regulator (pressure reducing valve), you could check if someone has tampered with the settings before determining that you have damaged lines.

Ceiling And Wall Damage

A slowly spreading damp spot on your wall or ceiling is never a good sign—especially when they’re ringed with a yellowish tinge of moisture damage. Neither is a crack stretching from your basement floor to the ceiling. Any kind of new, unexplained damage on your walls or ceilings should be investigated to find and fix the underlying issue, especially if the damaged areas are near a bathroom, kitchen, or utility room.

While a damp stain or cracked foundation doesn’t necessarily indicate that you have a leaking pipe, Calgary plumbers will definitely assure you that it is a problem that needs to be solved. While that could also be an issue with worn caulk or shifting soil, it’s still best to assess the damage with the help of certified plumbers. If it turns out that your plumbing is fine, then you’ll have one less source of stress. And if you do need Calgary leaking pipe repairs, you’ll already have a licensed professional ready to help.

Persistent Puddles

Pooling water is never something that homeowners want to see in Calgary. If you notice puddles inside your home, be sure to check any nearby connections, fixtures, and appliances for additional warning signs. Puddles are often accompanied by property damage, stains, rust, and nose-wrinkling odours.

Be sure to investigate any permanent puddles on your lawn or in your backyard too. Water pooling after a rainstorm is something to keep an eye on. Any unexplainable outdoor puddles that appear suddenly and don’t go away should be inspected as soon as possible. That puddle might be coming from a burst pipe belowground.

Professional Calgary Leaking Pipe Services

The services offered by Calgary plumbers in response to leaking pipes generally fall into two categories: detection and repairs. The first is an important step for confirming the type of issues affecting your home, and the second is the key step for fixing those issues. Your appointment may include a final inspection to confirm that everything has been fixed and there are no other concerning problems.

Calgary Leaking Pipe Detection

The methods and equipment used for leaking pipe detection vary based on both the severity of the problem, the affected areas of your home, and the preferred methods of your chosen Calgary plumbing company. Sometimes locating line damage is as simple as checking your water meter—although there are usually extra steps.

It may be possible to use specialized equipment, like the drain cameras used by our team, to pinpoint the location of a problem, but your plumber may also need to remove portions of your drywall or lawn to find the exact location of damage. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary, we use non-invasive technology designed to reduce the additional effects that plumbing inspections and repairs have on Calgary homes.

Leaking Pipe Repairs

The exact solution for a plumbing problem will always depend on its severity. With that being said, fixing a leak often requires one of two solutions: replacing the affected section or relining the interior pipe walls.

Relining is a minimally invasive method for fixing damage that uses specialized technology to insert a liner inside your existing lines. While the process is generally quick, less invasive, and often results in improved flow, it’s not always an option for residential lines—particularly those that are smaller.

If relining is not an option, replacement will likely be necessary to fix your line. You won’t have to replace your entire system or even the entire line. Replacing just the affected section is often enough to fix the problem, and that’s something that your Calgary plumber is always happy to help with.

Need Calgary Leaking Pipe Services?

As your local, licensed plumbers, we’re dedicated to helping you solve all the plumbing problems in your home. Whether you need a convenient appointment to inspect a new change in your plumbing system or an immediate appointment with an emergency plumber, our team of dedicated Calgary plumbers is always happy to help.

Our priority is providing the best possible plumbing service to Calgarians, and our professional leaking pipe service comes with all the benefits that we provide for every service appointment in Calgary. Keeping you safe, happy, and satisfied with the state of your piping system is our objective, and we strive to make that happen with outstanding service for every appointment.

The Benefits of Choosing Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary:

  • Upfront, flat-rate pricing
  • Courteous, friendly plumbers
  • Convenient appointment times
  • No overtime charges
  • Advanced, non-invasive technology
  • Fully licensed and insured professionals
  • 24/7 plumbing emergency service availability

Frequently Asked Questions About Calgary Leaking Pipes:

What Causes Leaking Pipes?

There are many possible causes that affect homes in Calgary. In communities with older homes, corrosion and a damaged pipe joint are common causes. Clogged drains, excessive pressure, loose connections, freezing, and improper installation are issues that affect homes in every community.

How Do You Prevent Leaking Pipes?

Calgary plumbers say the best preventative measure is a regular inspection from a professional. You should also avoid flushing anything that may damage your lines. Pay special attention to buried lines near trees on your property, as roots may crush or penetrate underground lines. Lastly, you should ensure that all vulnerable pipes are well-insulated to protect them against cold temperatures during Calgary winters.

What Stops Leaking Pipes?

There are several methods used to stop leaking pipes in Calgary. Plumber’s tape and epoxy putty are the simplest options, but they also provide the least protection. It’s also possible to use clamps and a patch, but even that is only a temporary measure. While each of those options may work temporarily, it’s still important to replace the damaged sections of your lines; otherwise, your problem will come back—often worse than before.

Who is Responsible for Calgary Leaking Pipe Service?

In Calgary, the city is responsible for fixing all lines that lead from the city’s public systems to private property. Everything within private property lines is the responsibility of that homeowner. For condo units, apartment buildings, and other types of shared housing, individual owners are generally responsible for the repairs in their units, although you should make sure you know the specific details of your condo board’s insurance and ownership policies to confirm your specific responsibilities as an owner.

What Should You Do If You Find Leaking Pipes?

Calgary homeowners should start by turning off the water to their property at the main shut-off valve. Closing that water valve will help you limit the amount of damage, and it will also help you locate the general area of the damage affecting your lines.

Watch your water meter after you close the valve. If it’s still running, then your leak is likely somewhere along the line leading from the meter to the main valve outside your home. If your meter stops, then your leak is probably somewhere inside your home.

After you’ve taken those steps, call a local Calgary plumber. While you’re waiting for them to arrive, take pictures of all the damage to document the issue for your insurance company if necessary, and try to clean any large puddles. If you’ve been affected by major flooding, you may need a specialized clean-up service. Always watch for any other potential hazards while working near leaks, such as electrical appliances, exposed wires, weakened floors, or sewage.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Calgary for Leaking Pipe Services!

If you need a professional Calgary plumber to help with leaking pipes in Calgary, call our friendly customer service team to arrange an appointment! We’re Calgary’s local, trusted experts for water line repairs, sewer pipe repairs, drain cleaning, and many other plumbing services, from residential to commercial plumbing.

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