“Knowing exactly when to drip faucets is far from common knowledge. However, as temperatures continue to fringe on freezing on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s a question that needs answering.
Can you get away with waiting another week – or are your taps under threat right now? Here, those in the know share exactly when to drip faucets – and the most common dripping mistake you should avoid in the process. These bathroom ideas might just save your taps this season.
‘Frozen pipes become a real threat at 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.6 Celcius) or lower,’ explains Jake Romano, a plumber at an Ottawa Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Company. In these temperatures, Jake explains that you should drip your faucet if it is connected to a pipe.
‘When the temperature falls below freezing, and a water supply is exposed to these freezing temperatures, the water can freeze in the pipe. When this happens, the water in the pipe expands. Without anywhere to go, your pipe can expand and break,’ he shares.”
Read more about frozen pipes here.
It’s one of the worst things to wake up to when you discover that one or more of your water lines is frozen. You go to use the bathroom sink or toilet and nothing comes out. If temperatures remain frigid throughout the day then you’re stuck with no running water to that fixture until the weather determines otherwise.
What should you do? Don’t try and thaw a pipe yourself as that might cause it to explode. Instead, call DC Annis Sewer at (612) 861-6425 and have one of our professionals come out for steam thawing.