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Cold is coming - protect your pipes


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Winter temperatures are here and area water departments would like to remind residents to protect their water meter and pipes from the frigid temperatures.

Bitterly cold air will settle over us for Sunday and Monday. Highs will only be in the single digits, lows may dip to around minus 10 Monday morning, and the winds will be strong on Sunday creating dangerous wind chills.

Sudden plunges in temperatures can cause unprotected pipes and meters to freeze and break. Even when protected by an interior heating source, meters and pipes may freeze if exposed to a cold draft of air. Installing some low cost insulation now, can save hundreds of dollars and a few headaches by preventing damage to your meter and pipes.

Residents are advised to:

· Insulate water meters and water pipes that may be vulnerable to cold air drafts.

· Use insulating wrap that contains fiberglass or other known insulating materials.

· Ensure the basement or room containing the meter/pipes is secure from cold drafts from outside. Meters and pipes near basement windows are particularly susceptible to freezing.

Utility companies say a frozen or broken water meter could cost more than $100 to replace.

If your pipes do freeze, utility companies say not to use hot water. Rags soaked in hot water or a hair dryer can thaw the frozen area. Do not use heat tapes or a space heater, because they may cause a fire. When in doubt, contact a licensed plumber to help with any pipe damage or thawing frozen pipes.


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