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How to keep your plumbing from freezing

Falling temperatures bring the potential for damage to your plumbing and other property. We encourage you to take the following preventive measures:

Step 1: Seal your property.

  • Make sure all windows are shut. Drain and shut off external taps.
  • Wrap insulation around any pipes that run close to a window, especially pipes that run close to basement windows.
  • If your property is vacant or you will be leaving the property unattended for a long period (i.e. on vacation), close your water shut-off valve. It is usually located where the water supply pipe enters your property.

Step 2: Check the temperature.

  • Keep the thermostat at no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3: Run a little water.

  • If your house line or water service has frozen in the past, allow a small stream of cold water to run from a faucet on days when the temperature is expected to drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The stream of water should be the size of a pencil. Be sure to keep the drain clear of obstructions to prevent the basin from overflowing. While you will be billed for the water used, this procedure uses a minimal amount of water and can prevent more costly plumbing repairs and water loss caused by broken pipes.

When pipes and meters freeze, it can be inconvenient and costly. With advanced preparation, you can avoid this problem