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Upcoming winter months may bring with them some very cold temperatures. Past experience has shown us that extended periods of no water usage combined with freezing daytime temperatures often leads to frozen water service lines. Oftentimes, we learn of frozen water services in homes after a winter vacation or in a business after a cold, winter weekend. Additionally, periods of no water usage during the holidays can often lead to frozen water service lines. The American Red Cross lists the following five preventative action items to take during cold weather for preventing frozen pipes:
1) Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
2) Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
3) When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
4) Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
5) If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Please call the water department at (208) 878-2103 if you experience frozen pipes or have any questions.