Prevent Pipes from Freezing (2020)

faucet and water flow

The latest weather forecast shows temperatures dancing around the 0° F mark for the next week (or two). While we patiently wait for warmer days (even 25° sounds lovely right about now, doesn’t it?), we ask that everyone take a crucial step to help combat the frost in the ground and prevent pipes and water lines from freezing.  Please run cold water in a lower level or basement sink at pencil width.

It only takes a minute to set up…

  1. Clear the sink of obstructions
  2. Ensure water drains properly
    (We don’t want your sink to overflow; ensure drains are functioning properly)
  3. Turn on the cold water
    (The water stream should be very thin, roughly pencil width)

Following the above steps will ensure consistent water flow through underground pipes, greatly reducing the risk of freezing!

How long should this last?

We’ll keep you posted. Some neighborhoods, buildings, and streets may receive flyers with further instructions. As the winter progresses (even as it starts to get warmer) the ground continues to freeze as the frost pushes lower and lower. We sometimes have challenges with water lines when frost reaches their depth in the ground.