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How to prevent frozen pipes

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The City of Dubuque encourages residents to be proactive in ensuring plumbing and water meters in homes or businesses are properly protected from freezing during the winter months. The following are tips for preventing frozen plumbing:

 

  • -Keep your home or apartment thermostat temperature set to at least 55 degrees.
  • -Do not block heat to areas of your residence that contain plumbing or water fixtures. Keep doors open to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and cabinets that contain pipes to expose the plumbing to warmer air inside the house.
  • -Cover pipes in unheated areas with heat tape or pipe insulation. Make sure heat tapes are properly installed and working safely.
  • -Prevent drafts of cold winter air by keeping windows and storm windows closed. Repair cracks or holes around doors and windows to keep cold air from blowing in.
  • -If you plan to be away from your residence for an extended period of time, ask someone to check your house or apartment periodically. Show them what to do if water pipes freeze and where to locate your water shut-off valve in case of an emergency.
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