Water Line Protection Tips
The Towns Public Services Department is recommending residents take extra notice of their water service lines to help prevent them from freezing. Town Public Services personnel are and have responded to some calls due to frost extended below residential service lines in some areas. With the warmer weather beginning to arrive, alleviation of frost is still likely two to three weeks away (dependent on weather conditions).
The best way to prevent your water service line from freezing is to keep a tap running lightly in a kitchen or bathroom. It is recognized that in doing this there is a consumption charge. This cost is minor however when compared to emergency repairs to private property to repair a frozen service line. In addition, ensuring adequate air flow in your utility room, as well as placing a small electric heater to ensure your pipes stay above freezing is highly recommended. Concrete has no insulation value and water that isn’t moving can quickly freeze if the frost is close enough to your water service line.
While the Town continues to respond to calls, the Town does also recommend calls placed to local plumbing businesses as some may have the tools necessary to alleviate a frozen water line. If you’ve noticed Town crews in your area, there is a good chance your property could also be susceptible to water line freezing issues and taking proactive steps not only ensures you have a flowing water service to your residence but can also prevent costly repairs. The after-hours emergency line for Public Services is 403-502-8836.