Aquarion Water Company
is advising its customers to protect their properties from frozen water meters
and pipes that could interrupt their water service. During unusually cold temperatures,
homeowners should take special care to protect water meters and pipes from freezing.
"By following some simple tips, homeowners can safeguard against the damage
that bitter cold can cause and avoid expensive repairs or replacements to meters,
pipes and service lines," said Howard Dunn, Vice President of Operations
WATER METER PROTECTION
- Check the temperature around the meter by placing a thermometer close to
it to obtain an accurate reading; remember it's colder near the floor and
along foundation walls. Standing water will freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit
(0 degrees Celsius).
- Repair broken or cracked windows and walls.
- Install storm windows on basement windows.
- Close windows and doors to the outside tightly.
- Insulate outside walls, and eliminate drafts from crawl spaces.
- If the meter is located outdoors or in an unheated garage, take extra care
to make sure the meter is insulated. Check with your local plumbing service
supplier about insulating materials.
PIPE AND SERVICE LINE PROTECTION
- Insulate pipes. If a sink is installed against an outside wall, insulate
- Open cabinets beneath the sink to allow warm air to reach the pipes.
- Remove water hoses from outside connections.
- Turn off water to outdoor faucets and, when possible, drain the pipes.
IF THE METER FREEZES
To thaw a frozen meter or pipe, try to get some heat to the area or aim a hair
dryer or heat lamp at it. Temporary heating units should never be left unattended.
Never thaw a frozen meter or pipe with an open flame. It is a fire hazard and
can create a steam explosion. If you are unsuccessful at thawing and your meter
or pipes appear to be damaged, contact a licensed plumber or call Aquarion.