AWWA Offers Tips to Protect Pipes From Freezing in Winter

Published on January 11, 2007 at 6:57 AM

Much of North America is entering the coldest months of the year, and falling temperatures can leadto broken water pipes in the home. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) today issued a series of important tips to help residents across the country protect their pipes and property.

"Nothing is more important to the water community than ensuring that the public continue to receive a safe and steady supply of water -- especially during the tough winter months," said Jack Hoffbuhr, executive director of AWWA. "By taking a few simple steps, residents can protect their pipes from freezing and keep their water flowing."

These steps include:

  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses.
  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas of the house.
  • Consider installing "heat tape" or "heat cable."
  • Seal off outside access doors and cracks to keep the cold out.
  • Locate your master shutoff so you know where it is if you do have a
    pipe break.
  • Check with your local water company for more advice on preventing
    breaks and thawing pipes.


AWWA also reminded residents that, if problems do occur with freezing pipes, the best resource is their local water utility.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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