Water pipes bursting as temperature rises, firefighters say
Firefighters say trouble starts when frozen pipe starts to thaw and water runs into ice
Ottawa firefighters say they received several calls to clean up after water pipes burst Sunday and expect to keep getting them as the capital's temperature rises.
Late Sunday afternoon, firefighters were called to what the City of Ottawa confirmed was a broken pipe at the GoodLife gym on Queen Street.
The broken pipe left a few centimetres of water on the street. GoodLife says the club is temporarily closed for "unscheduled but necessary maintenance."
Few centimetres of water have spilled from the GoodLife on Queen St right next to CBC. An employee says a pipe burst near the Queen St entrance. The water is quickly freezing. <a href="https://t.co/79NeI9TKCu">pic.twitter.com/79NeI9TKCu</a>—@amkfoote
More calls coming
City firefighters said they expect the calls will continue until Tuesday evening, as the temperature rises from the minus 20s to near the freezing mark.
Pipes burst when water thaws and begins to flow — but then runs into other, still-frozen parts of the pipe and builds up pressure, the fire department said.
The City of Ottawa was also reminding residents this weekend about the perils of frozen pipes.
For tips and information on what to do if your water pipe freezes, visit <a href="https://t.co/OHDflK1vOR">https://t.co/OHDflK1vOR</a>—@ottawacity
TIP: If you see your water pressure drop, keep your water running to prevent frozen pipes. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottcity?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ottcity</a>—@ottawacity
The City of Toronto has been warning its citizens about the possibility of broken watermains and potholes as the extreme cold snap that's gripped much of Ontario comes to an end.