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Tips to protect your water pipes this winter

Posted at 8:15 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 12:38:13-05

As colder weather begins the settle in, it's important to protect your home, and pockets, from expensive water pipe repairs.

The city of Beloit Public Works Department has suggested useful tips for winter weather.

Check the temperature of your water. The normal temperature of groundwater ranges from the upper 40s to lower 50s. If your water is closer to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you should take action to prevent freezing.

Prevent freezing by keeping water moving. During a prolonged cold snap, you might want to consider letting your faucet run for a while if you live in an area that susceptible to freezing.

Be careful thawing frozen pipes. For exposed pipes, you can use a simple hairdryer. For underground metal pipes, it's best to call a professional. Recirculating hot water or steam is safer than using an electrical current.

Make plans while traveling. If you'll be away for an extended time, have a family member or neighbor run water for you.

For additional information, contact Water Resources at 608-364-2888.

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