How can I avoid frozen meters and pipes?
DON'T BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD THIS WINTER
Frozen water pipes are inconvenient.
Don't be caught off guard by the sudden surge of frigid weather, with its bone chilling temperatures and biting windchills. Avoid the hassle of frozen meters and pipes by taking a few simple precautions now!!
If you should experience frozen pipes, DO NOT USE A TORCH WITH AN OPEN FLAME TO THAW. The easiest and safest way to thaw a frozen pipe is to heat the room or use a hair dryer. Set the dryer on low heat and wave the warm air back and forth along the pipe. Placing a warm towel or rag around the pipe may also do the trick. Remember, the pipe may already be broken and, when the water is thawed, it will leak.
So BE PREPARED. Take precautions early. Have your furnace regularly serviced, insulate drafty areas, inspect your plumbing, be familiar with your plumbing system and know where your inside shut off valve is located and verify that it is working properly. Make sure you have the name and telephone number of your plumber handy. Being prepared for the cold can keep you from being left out in the cold without water this winter.
For more information on how you can prevent frozen water pipes, contact the Portland Water District at firstname.lastname@example.org or 761-8310.