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Posted on: January 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Run water to prevent freezing water lines

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Run water to prevent freezing water lines

Due to the extreme temperatures it would be in the interest of homeowners to trickle their water to prevent any type of issue with water lines freezing, especially in homes that have had issues or problems in the past. Water temperature out of tap should be around 42 degrees and with the current temperatures it could drop to freezing if not flowing. Homes likely to be at risk for freezing pipes have exposed non insulated lines running on the exterior walls of the home. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Public Works 651-773-9730

Frozen Pipes - The prolonged low temperatures and the increased depth of frost in the ground increases the likelihood of water pipes freezing. Frozen pipes are at risk of expanding and rupturing and causing an interruption of water service to your property. This situation is particularly true for slab-on-grade structures and split entry homes. By monitoring your water service, you may be able to determine if the water service to your home or business is beginning to experience difficulties. One sign is seeing discolored water when you turn on the faucet. Another is a water temperature below 40 degrees. (TIP: to determine the water temperature, hold an instant read or kitchen thermometer under running water or immediately insert the thermometer into a water filled glass). One way to lessen the chance of frozen pipes is to run a faucet at a slow trickle to keep water flowing through the pipes. If you have questions, or if you have utilized the services of a pipe thawing company, please call public works at 651-773-9730. 

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