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Tips to Help Prevent Water Pipes and Water Meters from Freezing

  • Allow fixtures to drip during extended cold periods to reduce the likelihood of frozen meters and/or pipes. The cost of the water is much less than the cost of potential repairs.
  • If your water meter box is broken or missing, contact CWL for repair or replacement.
  • Eliminate drafts from crawl spaces by closing crawl space vents and stopping other air inflows during cold periods.
  • Disconnect water hoses from outside faucets.
  • Protect outside faucets from freezing by installing an insulated cover.
  • Check your homes crawlspace, attic, basement, garage and other areas for exposed water pipes. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation and/or heat tape. If heat tape is used, follow manufacturers instructions and all applicable safety standards.
  • The interior pipes most likely to freeze are nearest an outside wall, door, window, and along the floor. Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes and/or allow a fixture to drip by opening the cold water valve slightly.
  • Flowing water can break up ice as it forms inside pipes. Turn on the water for short periods at all faucets that are exposed to cold air when outdoor temperatures remain below freezing for several days. It costs less to run water from all faucets occasionally than to repair a frozen or burst pipe.
  • Set the thermostat at a minimum of 55 during cold weather even if the house is vacant.
  • Properly winterize swimming pools and water sprinkler systems following manufacturers directions.