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Posted on: November 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing this Winter

Image of a frozen spigot and pipe

When water freezes in pipes, it expands, which can cause a water burst. Just a small crack can result in significant water damage. This winter, consider these tips to help prevent pipes from freezing.

  • Remove garden hose from outside spigot
  • Allow warm air to circulate around the water meter
  • Tightly seal any vents or access areas in crawl space
  • If water pipes are on an exterior wall, leave cabinet doors open for better exposure to heat
  • Let water run at a trickle on extremely cold nights (about the diameter of a pencil)
  • Contact the Water Division to shut off water at vacant properties
  • Low water pressure could be an indicator that pipes are starting to freeze

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