In anticipation of the cold weather, Loudoun Water urges customers to take preventative measures to avoid frozen pipes and meters. It is especially important to take precautionary steps during cold weather if your home is located on the shady side of the street or if you are an end townhome owner.
To Prevent Frozen Pipes:
· Eliminate sources of cold air near pipes by closing off crawl spaces, sealing drafty windows and doors, and insulating walls and attics.
· If pipes are exposed to cold air, wrap them with insulation or even newspaper will help.
· Keep water moving through pipes by turning on the faucet farthest from your main valve to a very small, steady trickle.
· Keep pipes in cupboards and vanities warmer by opening the doors to those cupboards to let warm air in.
If Your Pipes Freeze:
· Shut off the water immediately at the main shut off valve.
· You can melt the frozen water inside the pipes by warming the air around it using a hair dryer. Do not use a kerosene heater, blow torch or open flame
· Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn water back on and check all joints for leaks and other areas for cracks that may have occurred as a result of the freeze.