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Lee’s Summit Water Utilities reminds residents to protect their pipes

Lee’s Summit Water Utilities reminds residents to protect their pipes

February 4, 2014

Lee’s Summit Water Utilities reminds residents to protect their pipes during the impending winter storm – especially if you’ve already experienced frozen pipes this winter. 

    Turn on your faucets just enough to trickle, so water continues to move through the pipes, leaving them less likely to freeze.

    Leave cabinet doors open for warm air circulation.

    Keep the garage door closed.

    Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas.

    Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks. (Do NOT plug air vents near your furnace or water heater.)

    Locate and exercise your master water shut-off valve in case of an emergency. This valve is usually located where the water line enters your home – sometimes near the water heater or washing machine.

If you are experiencing a loss of water or water pressure, please call Lee’s Summit Water Utilities to investigate the cause. If the meter is frozen, a Water Utilities service technician will thaw it for you. If your pipes inside the homes are frozen, we recommend staying home, turning up the heat, opening the cabinet doors to allow for warm air circulation and turning on the faucets. Once the water begins to thaw and flows through your faucets, you are going to want to be home to adjust the faucets so they are not fully open.

If your faucets are turned off, once the frozen pipes thaw and expand, the water inside them will have no place to go, which could result in busted pipes, and a huge mess.

For more information, visit our Winterization page at lswater.net, or call Lee’s Summit Water Utilities at 816.969.1900.

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