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Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

Post Date:01/03/2018 9:13 AM

Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

When temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes and water meters exposed to cold air may freeze. Below are some helpful suggestions to make sure your water supply stays flowing this winter.

Eliminate the Cold

❄️Install storm windows on single-pane basement windows or cover with plastic.

❄️Fill cracks in walls around basement windows.

❄️Turn off water to non-frost free outside spigots at an inside valve and drain the exposed pipe.

Provide Warmth

❄️Check for proper temperatures in all areas where water pipes are located, eliminate cold air from blowing on water pipes.

❄️Wrap water pipes in insulation or heat tape.

❄️If a sink is located against an outside wall, insulate the wall.

❄️Place a lighted bulb near water pipes. Never use open flames!

❄️Open the door to rooms, closets and cabinets where water pipes are located to allow air circulation.

Use Your Water Supply

❄️Run the cold water from the lowest fixture in the house at a stream the width of a pencil.

❄️Make sure your drain remains clear to prevent overflow or flooding.

If you have any questions or in spite of your best efforts you find yourself with frozen pipes this winter, please call the Public Works Department at (815) 356-3614. Additional winter weather tips can be found at http: www.ready.gov/winter-weather.