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Ten thousand dollars. That’s the average insurance claim related to “water damage and freezing,” according to the Insurance Information Institute. Each year, one in 50 homeowners will file such a claim—and we’re guessing that you, like all Calgary plumbing customers, would rather not be that “lucky” one. In fact, you’d rather not endure the hassle of any sort of insurance claim, let alone one that involves the word water.

Of course, when it comes to preventing busted water pipes (or burst water pipes, for you card-carrying members of the Grammar Police Association), it’s not just about the headache: the paperwork and clean-up and deductible (ouch). It’s about heartache, too. Imagine a ruined wedding photo album. A hopelessly warped antique dining hutch that you’d been saving for your grandkids. A water-soaked, and then mildewed, favorite chair—like that ghastly (but remarkably comfy) mustard-yellow, spinner-rocker-recliner you’ve had since your college days.

All joking aside: Frozen pipes can obviously cause horrific damage to both your home and your belongings.

How Frozen Pipes Burst

Let’s head back to elementary school science class for just a sec. When water freezes, it expands. (Apparently water is a unique liquid in this regard!) If there’s enough water in a particular pipe, and/or if said pipe has a defect, the expanding liquid-now-solid creates sufficient pressure to rupture the pipe. A crack as small as ⅛” can release 250 gallons of water per day—so don’t assume your pipe has to burst in a dramatic or even obvious fashion to do massive damage. Fortunately, burst pipes are usually a preventable problem.

Tips for Avoiding Frozen Water Pipes

  • Insulate exposed pipes: If you have plumbing pipes and fixtures in unheated areas of your home, such as your garage, basement, attic, or crawlspace, it’s wise to insulate them. Home improvement stores carry affordable insulation kits.
  • Keep your garage door closed: If your garage is unheated and you happen to have plumbing pipes running through that area, you’ll need to keep it as warm as possible.
  • Drain your garden hoses and hose bibbs: Disconnecting and draining your garden hoses will extend the life of the hoses themselves and will prevent your outside faucets (also called hose bibbs) from freezing. To make absolutely certain the bibbs don’t freeze—along with the pipes they’re connected to—turn off the inside water supply line, and then open the bibbs to allow excess water to drain out. (Don’t forget to close them before turning the main water back on.) If your home doesn’t have frost-free hose bibbs, consider insulating them or swapping them out before the temps really drop.
  • If you’re heading out for vacation, turn off your water: If you plan to be away for a few days, go ahead and turn off your water. Then, drain the pipes by turning on a few faucets. Again, make sure you turn the taps off again before you turn your main water valve back on.
  • Allow your faucets to drip: Allowing a trickle of water to run through the faucets relieves pressure if standing water in your pipes happens to freeze. This is particularly important in extremely cold temperatures and/or if you live in a mobile home. Note: Don’t let faucets on exterior walls trickle. If the temp drops far enough, the water in the drain could freeze, which could overflow your sink.
  • Open vanity cabinets: If your bathrooms are particularly chilly, leave your vanity cabinet doors open so warm air from the room can circulate around the pipes. You can also point a portable heater inside the cabinet. Same with the cabinet under your kitchen sink.
  • Check for drafts: Feel for drafts near places where pipes, cables, and wires enter your home. If you feel cold air surrounding any uninsulated pipe, use expandable foam to seal off the drafts.
  • Inspect your pipes: If you have any exposed pipes, look for bulges. If you find any, that means water has frozen in that spot in the past, and you’re lucky you didn’t have a disaster at that point! Any weakness in your pipes should be addressed by a professional Calgary plumber right away.
  • Don’t turn off your furnace: If you’ll be away from home for an extended period of time, it’s fine to turn your heat down to save money on your utility bill—but don’t turn off your furnace entirely.

What to Do If Your Pipes Freeze

If you suspect one of your pipes has frozen, turn off your main water valve (just in case there’s already a rupture), leave the taps open, and call us for help. There are several methods to warming a frozen pipe, and we’d love to make sure you’re using the safest, most-effective option. If you insist on trying to handle the situation yourself, never ever use an open flame, and don’t use an electric appliance such as a hair dryer or space heater in standing water.

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We take immense pride in providing Calgary, AB and surrounding areas with top-notch plumbing, heating, and cooling services, ensuring every home and business operates smoothly year-round. Our team’s expertise and dedication shine through in every project, earning the trust and satisfaction of our valued customers across the city. Serving you isn’t just a job for us; it’s a commitment to excellence and a testament to our passion for keeping our community comfortable and thriving.

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I had furnace venting replaced. This company is efficient and very professional. You know who is coming to do the work and given notice of when they’ll arrive. Heinz was very knowledgeable, professional, was not bothered by all my questions. He gave full explanations, reasons why, and great advice on maintenance care. He showed that he cared about what he was doing and was very efficient in getting the work done quickly. I highly recommend this company and Heinz.

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Arrived on time and did a quick and efficient replacement of my kitchen sink faucet. Also took the time to further explain the operation of the water softener installed on the last visit.
Richard was friendly and knowledgeable. Great service!

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Had them update and install our infloor heating two zones, and add tank less hot water on demand and install a water softener. Our technician was very professional kept his work area tidy, cleaned up after himself. He also wiped down all the equipment used including piping and tubing. He was friendly, kept us informed on his progress. You could tell he enjoys what he does… great job Thank you so much.

Carol Hill

We could not do the water valve replacement because the city could not shut the water off. I was warned ahead of time that this might happen so was not worried. Yamil was courteous and professional and I look forward to his return when the city can fulfill there end of the job. Justin and Sean were great with the furnace install. It went smoothly and Justin explained the new thermostat fully. The walk through on the furnace was useful and timely. Justin and Sean were friendly and professional and great to work with. John who came out for the initial inspection…

Paul Palardy

Heinz was professional and honest. He gave me options and the price. The price was the price and there were no extra charges. He worked on a boiler system that was having issues. He flushed and cleaned system and everything is back up and running. When he was finished he asked if I had any question. I look forward to him coming back to service this system again.

Curtis W.

I felt the company is oriented on quality of customer service , they send me the track link when dispatch the plumber, and the plumber is super on time too . I really appreciate Richard , he is supper patient to help me find out what is the best solution, focus on customer’s interest . Thank you again , I will definitely use your service again when I having plumbing problems, which I hope it will never happen.

Jing Huang

Can’t say enough about the great service I received from Heinz regarding some concerning alerts we got on our Ecobee Smart Thermostat yesterday. I felt cared for and trusted that he was focused on the necessary followup to assure our safety. Heinz is very good at his job.

Kim Koch

Our hot water tank blew and fortunately we noticed right away. We called Clearview Services late in the evening and we were answered right away. We were kept in the loop throughout the entire experience and Gabe Colpitts was the service technician who visited the next morning. He was very professional and spent the time to explain and educate the different options that were available. We were up and running with hot water the very next day.

Mike Mario

Barry was fantastic. Explained the steps that would be required to detect the leak and then proceeded with the work. He was professional and managed to fix our issue same day. He left our home clean and tidy before leaving. Overall very happy.

Jonathan Wilson

Barry did a great job in replacing a leaking Hot Water tank. Just a bit shocked at how much the cost of a new tank has increased over the years. We would certainly use ClearView for future jobs.

Ken Stowell

Jon was on time and dispatch team did their best to get him to the property to do an inspection on leaking pipes and backup sewer system. Jon then immediately got another job into the system to have a deeper inspection of the entire system to determine where the blockage was.

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Clearview was excellent to deal with. Very professional in their approach and the picture sent of the plumber before hand is an excellent idea. Richard was great to deal with. He gave me different options to resolve the problem.

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The appointment to come to check my boiler was prompt and early I’m the day so I didn’t have to wait the whole day. I received a call 15mins before the arrival. An email and a text was sent earlier. Gerry introduced himself and told me his purpose. He checked my boiler for a while then explained clear to me what the problem was, it was relief to know that it is nit necessarily a serious one. He made further checks and made some recommendations for change of some worn out parts, the re-glycol – 10yrs overdue and some leak that…

Roland B.

John came out to review our heating and AC set-up. He was very knowledgeable and patient as he walked us through the various units and proposed maintenance program. Would highly recommend.

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Drake Ahern did an awesome job cleaning the ducts. Was very friendly and professional. Worked hard and paid attention to all the details. I’d definitely have him back next time.

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