Winter Water Pipe Protection

Are your pipes prone to freezing? Are sub-zero temperatures in the forecast? Here are some tips to help you protect your plumbing.

  • Frozen pipeLeave cabinet doors open in your bathrooms and kitchen to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. Don't forget to move household chemicals and cleaners out of the reach of kids and pets.

  • If you have an older home or business with pipes prone to freezing, allow cold water to drip from your faucets. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.

  • Ensure all hoses are disconnected from outside spigots.

  • If you plan to be out of town, keep your thermostat set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, it may get cold enough to freeze pipes anywhere in the home or business.
  • Make sure there are no air gaps on the outside walls where air can blow on the pipes, especially in your basement.
  • Locate your master water shutoff so you can turn off your water where it comes into your home or business if a leak or break occurs.

NOTE: If you believe your pipes are frozen, the quickest solution is to call a plumber to have your pipes checked. For more information on preventing or thawing frozen pipes, or for help locating your water meter or master shutoff, call Aurora Water’s Customer Care line at 303.326.8645.

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