Homeowners advised to protect household pipes with temperatures expected to dip
CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
Homeowners are being reminded to take precautions to prevent household pipes from freezing with temperatures expected to dip down this weekend into the teens and 20s.
West Virginia American Water Co. said in a news release that property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house and any in-home piping.
The company advised residents to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting pipes:
• Familiarize yourself with areas of your home most susceptible to freezing, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and exterior walls.
• Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts around doors.
• Turn off and fully drain sprinklers and irrigation systems.
• Protect your pipes by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation.
• Locate your in home main water shut-off valve. Your December water bill includes a tag that you can hang on the valve so everyone in your home knows its location.
• Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures.
• Keep water moving through pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run. The cost of the extra water is typically lower than the cost to repair a broken pipe and remedy water damage.
• Make sure the lid to your meter pit is closed tightly and report any problems with the lid to the company’s customer service center at 1-800-685-8660.
• Don’t shovel snow off of your meter pit lid – the accumulated snow acts as additional insulation.