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Plumbing expert warns Vancouverites to turn off water before pipes freeze


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – At nearly the end of February on the west coast, you may have assumed you wouldn’t need to worry about freezing pipes. With temperatures hovering around zero the last several days, you might need to think again.

Brian Hannigan with Hillcrest Plumbing and Heating says if your outdoor water isn’t turned off, you need to act.

And make sure any trigger spray that may be attached to the hose for watering plants is taken off.

“That will hold any water in the hose. So, if you just shut the water off you still have a hose full of water and the pipe going into the house is still full of water,” says Hannigan.

He adds if you’re turning off the taps now and no water comes out after opening the valve the hose is connected to, it may already be frozen.

“It might not be frozen and expanded to the point that the pipe is cracked. You can take some hot water and pour it over the end of the hose bit on the outside. If you can get some flow that’s great.”

If the temperature is below zero for long enough, the water inside will freeze and the pipe will expand and burst, flooding your house once things warm up a little.