Many residents of the interior are grappling with frozen pipes as temperatures have fallen below -20 Celsius in recent days.
There are some simple steps you can take to prevent this from happening in your home during this cold snap.
James Dent is the owner of KamCity Mechanical Ltd which installs heat pumps, air conditioners, furnaces and hot water tanks for businesses and residents.
Dent said he received around 135 calls for help on Dec. 27 due to the lack of heat and frozen water, and his staff, who are usually on vacation during this time, are on deck.
“Fixing the heat is the number one priority,” Dent said. “I have told many people today to turn their heat up five degrees above normal and not to turn the heat down until the water runs out. Keep the house warm, the heat is your friend right now.
Dent said the thermostat is most often located in the center of the home, and the heat needs to be high to reach the perimeter where the pipes near the exterior walls of your home are likely to freeze first.
Dent said to keep the temperature in your home high overnight and to open the doors to the lower cupboards near the exterior wall plumbing.
He said some houses require more effort than others, depending on their age and structure.
“If you’ve ever had issues with frozen pipes, I suggest running the water just a bit to get things going,” he said. “Some older homes have smaller heaters that don’t give off as much heat as others. ”
But water lines aren’t the only potential problem. Your natural gas also needs care to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department in Osoyoos said in a social media post.
“Please take a minute to clear the ice or clear the snow from the outlets and exhausts of your gas appliances located outside your home,” he said. “If they’re blocked, carbon monoxide can get into your home. CO doesn’t smell and you can’t see it. He’s a silent killer. Be careful and install a CO detector today if you don’t already have one.
Three southern Okanagan communities broke their daily low temperature records yesterday, December 27.
READ MORE: Record-breaking cold in the South Okanagan, North Thompson
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