Winter is coming

7Fall is here and it’s a constant reminder that winter is coming. According to the 2016 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, we could be in for another harsh winter in most of Canada, complete with snowier-than-normal conditions and unseasonably cold temperatures – which could spell disaster for your external water and sewer lines and in-home plumbing.

Last year, thousands of homeowners experienced frustrations during the plunging temperatures when they were met with frozen water lines, leaving them without an important resource for restrooms, showers, cooking and cleaning. Now is a perfect time to begin preparations for winter before the snow arrives and ensure your plumbing is safe.

Check your home for leaks

The best time to fix a leak is now! Leaking pipes not only waste water, but they are more susceptible to freeze or even bust.

Disconnect outdoor plumbing

If you have an external hose, retire it for the season. Check the connection for leaks and cracks. If possible, turn off the water to the outdoor faucet to prevent pressure from building up and cover it with insulation for added protection.

Insulate plumbing

Pipes around the outside walls are most likely to freeze during the cold months. Insulate the pipes with sleeves or insulation tape to prevent a bigger problem.

Know who to call

Service Line Warranties of Canada offers protection from leaks, breaks, clogs and frozen pipes. Keep your warranty information handy so in the event of an emergency, we’re just a phone call away. Don’t have protection? Visit www.slwofc.ca to check coverage availability and enroll.

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