Loading...
TOL PR 2016-01-14 prevent frozen water pipes Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Utilities Department Offers Tips to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes This Winter Leesburg, VA (January 14, 2016) – With the recent onset of below-freezing temperatures, the Town of Leesburg Utilities Department offers residents the following advice for preventing frozen pipes and what to do if you suspect your pipes or meter are frozen: To Prevent Frozen Pipes:  Eliminate sources of cold air near pipes by closing off crawl spaces, sealing drafty windows and doors, and insulating walls and attics.  If pipes are exposed to cold air, wrap them with insulation or even newspaper will help.  Keep water moving through pipes by turning on the faucet farthest from your main valve to a very small, steady trickle.  Keep pipes in cupboards and vanities warmer by opening the doors to those cupboards to let warm air in. If Your Pipes Freeze:  Shut off the water immediately at the main shut off valve.  You can melt the frozen water inside the pipes by warming the air around it using a hair dryer. Do not use a kerosene heater, blow torch or open flame.  Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn water back on and check all joints for leaks and other areas for cracks that may have occurred as a result of the freeze. Water meters can freeze as well. A frozen water meter will shut off the water service to your house. If you suspect your meter might be frozen, call the Leesburg Utilities Department at 703- 771-2750 during normal business hours (8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday). If outside of normal business hours, call the Leesburg Police Department non-emergency number at 703- 771-4500. Leesburg Utility Department staff is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies. # # #