JACKSON, Wyo. — With low winter temperatures hitting the valley recently, the Town of Jackson said this week that they’ve been fielding calls regarding residents who have frozen pipes.
The town sent along a few handy tips that may prove useful: Each year the Town of Jackson Public Works Department receives many calls concerning frozen water pipes. Frozen water pipes can result in costly damages and disrupted lives.
An eighth-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, wrecking floors, furniture and keepsakes. Both plastic (PVC) and copper pipes may burst.
So what can you do to avoid frozen pipes?
During freezing temperatures
- Maintain water flow by allowing cold water to run into the drain. Keeping a small trickle of water (the size of a pencil lead) flowing from a faucet farthest from the intake can be effective.
- Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to surround the pipes near outer walls.
- Leave heat turned on at all times. Heat should not be lower than 50 degrees.
- Plan ahead if you will be away from home for an extended time. Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent freezing.
- Check your crawl space and make sure your pipes are properly insulated and your venting in closed.
- Trailer skirting should be in place.
Oh no! You already have a leak
- Don’t take chances. If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a certified plumber.
- If you detect that your water pipes have frozen and burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. (Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shut-off valve is and how to open and close it.)
- NEVER try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house. You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hairdryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of the pipe.
- DO NOT use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. Be aware of electrical shock and be safe!
- Contact the Public Works Department, 307-733-3079 if you are not able to shut off the water at the main valve.
- Contact your insurance agent to notify them of the damages.
About The Author
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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.
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