Protect your property from frozen water pipes
With extreme cold temperatures in the forecast and varying frost depths, it’s important to take some extra precautions with the water service lines running to your house.
While for most homes normal water usage prevents frozen pipes, you may want to consider the following tips, especially if you’ve dealt with frozen pipes before:
- Let the cold water run continuously from one faucet throughout the day and night. Do not use the hot water for the continuous water stream. (Be sure that the sink used for the running water drains properly before letting the water run for a prolonged period.)
- If you have a dishwasher, consider setting it up to wash or rinse on a delay so that it uses water during the wee hours of the morning.
- Be careful about turning down your thermostat too low at night. Place a thermometer near your water pipes in questionable areas and see how cold it gets during set-back periods on your thermostat.
- Open cabinet or closet doors that conceal water pipes, especially on outside walls. This will allow room heat to get to the pipes.
If you are going on an extended vacation, it’s especially important to take precautions, such as having a neighbor check on your house regularly.
If your exterior water service lines do freeze, contact Shakopee Public Utilities at 952-233-1503 or go to http://spucweb.com/water/report-a-problem. Being diligent now can save you a lot of time and money later.