The Department of Water Management (DWM) is reminding residents to take precautions to prevent pipes from freezing and causing costly damage to homes. As temperatures drop for more prolonged periods of time, the greater the chance that pipes will freeze and rupture.
The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) encourages residents to act now to make sure pipes in homes are properly insulated and not exposed to freezing air. Specifically, homeowners should:
- Maintain adequate heat in their homes.
- Insulate pipes, particularly those outside or on the perimeter of the residence.
- Run a trickle of cold water on each floor of the home at the points farthest from the location of the main water service into the home.
- Make sure that there is warm air circulating in any area where there are water pipes. This includes garages and unheated areas of the home.
- Remove all garden hoses from hose bibs and cover the bibs with Styrofoam hose bib insulating caps.
If pipes do freeze, do not use candles or any open flame to thaw them. Use a hair dryer or heating pad.
Visit www.cityofchicago.org/water for more tips on how to prevent frozen pipes.