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Protect Your House From Frozen Meters and Pipes Every winter hundreds of water meters and pipes freeze in area homes. You can take easy and inexpensive steps to prevent the damage, expense, and inconvenience associated with freezing pipes Leak In The Ceiling and meters.

While the utility owns the meter and thecouplings on either side of it, the responsibilityto protect the meter from damage lies with thehomeowner. If we need to replace a damagedmeter, Leak In The Ceiling including damage caused by freezing, thehomeowner will be charged for the meter.Water meters sit several inches off the floor inthe basements of most homes. 

Particularly in SaintPaul, many basements are partially finished andnot used for main living quarters, Leak In The Ceiling so you might notnotice colder temperatures or frosted areas alongwalls. But youcan take severalactions toprevent metersand pipes fromfreezing in yourhome.Temperaturesare colderalong the floorand the cement block wall of the basement thanthey are near the ceiling. 

Circulating the warmerair can help prevent frozen meters.In some homes, meters are in separate, Leak In The Ceiling unheatedrooms; keep the doors to that room open.Through remodeling, meters may have beenboxed in with gypsum board. Add vents to allowwarmer air to the meter. 

When remodeling, installvents, louvered cabinet doors or other methods ofallowing air to circulate around the meter. Be aware that, for a number of reasons, metersmay need to be repaired Leak In The Ceiling or replaced, in which caseaccess to the meter will be required.If the meter is in a pit in your home, make surethat the cover fits properly and has no cracksthrough which cold air can enter. 

The pipes,valves, and water meter in the pit should not touchthe concrete walls, where it is colder. In addition: Keep your basement warm enough to keepthe meter and Leak In The Ceiling pipes from freezing Check along the foundation for placescold wind can waft into the basement or into crawlspaces and plug them with insulation Close off crawl space vents and doors 

Replace or repair broken or crackedbasement windows Install storm windows Leak In The Ceiling or cover basementwindows with weather insulation kits Make sure that basement doors andwindows close tightly Seal or caulk cracks in the wall Insulate pipesMake sure the valves on either side of the watermeter work and can be turned off if the meterfreezes or the pipe bursts.

If the pipes near the meter are frozen, use a hairdryer to slowly apply heat to the pipe.If your water meter freezes, the bottom platewill crack. Do not try to repair the meter yourself, Leak In The Ceiling just call us.If you suspect damaged or frozen water pipesor water meter, call Dont forget youroutdoor faucets! 

To prevent the outside faucetfrom freezing, turn off thewater connection at the valveinside the house Leak In The Ceiling and drainthe exposed pipe beforetemperatures drop. WINTERIZING TIPS Prevent water pipes (and other things) from freezing at your home or business: Check your property for all exposed pipes that carry water. This includes outdoor faucets,bibs and valves. 

Use foam or wrap insulation (available from plumbing supply and home improvement stores)to protect pipes from freezing. Inspect your existing insulation, Leak In The Ceiling especially in areas that areexposed to the elements. Temporary insulation (towels, blankets, newspaper, etc.) is better than none. Seal all areas that allow cold outside air to get in where pipes are located. 

Newer homes may have poly piping in the attic which may also need to be insulated. Remove, drain Leak In The Ceiling and store outdoor hoses inside. Consider letting cold water drip from a faucet in cases of extremely frigid temperatures.Shut down your evaporative cooler for the winter: Disconnect the power supply. Add vinegar to the water in the bottom tray to dissolve mineral buildup. 

Drain the water from the cooler. Gently scrape buildup and cooler pad fibers with a wirebrush and/or putty knife. Remove Leak In The Ceiling and inspect the cooler pad holder/trough for clogged holes. Dry bottom tray thoroughly. Inspect for cracks. To help prevent rusting, coat tray with aquarter-inch of roofing cement or submarine sealer. 

Disconnect and drain the water line from the cooler to prevent this line from freezing. Cover the entire cooler with canvas or plastic to protect it, Leak In The Ceiling and (depending on how it isinstalled) to help prevent cold air from entering your home.Protect your irrigation system: Consult your owner/operator manual for how to "winterize” your irrigation system. 

Insulate the main shut-off valve. Note: If there is none, consider installing a valve as apreventative investment. Insulate all above-ground lines and piping. Consider whether you wish to shut down automatic controller/timer Leak In The Ceiling and shut off watersupply to system. This may include draining remaining water and reprogramming operations.

Consult your owner/operator manual. Don't let your backflow prevention assembly freeze: Use an insulation bag, Leak In The Ceiling covered enclosure or pipe insulation wrap to protect your assembly. A temporary solution is to wrap blankets or towel around an assembly on cold nights. If a backflow prevention assembly is leaking, it probably has frozen. 

Contact your tester immediately for repair Leak In The Ceiling or replacement. What to do if your water pipe has frozen: Be patient. There is no quick remedy. Any area that is exposed is the likely point where freeze took place. There may also bemore than one frozen spot. Pipe(s) will need to gradually warm up. 

Use something to blow warm air (such as a hairdryer Leak In The Ceiling or vacuum cleaner canister) on the frozen section to begin the warming process.Wave the warm air back and forth on the pipe. Keep a faucet in your home in the onposition during thawing to prevent a slug of water from going through and causing more damage. 

Do not pour hot water over a frozen pipe or do anything that would cause a rapid rise intemperature (the difference in degrees between that of the frozen pipe and the materialused to try to thaw it). Do not use open flame torches to thaw due to possible risk of fire or Leak In The Ceiling further damage to pipes. 

If there is a burst or water is already leaking from plumbing, turn off the water at themain supply valve to the home or business.Remember: When you wrap pipes, the water will be cooler in the summer months and warmer in Leak In The Ceiling the winter months. You are also conserving water because its running time is now lessened before it reaches the desired temperature.

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