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Arctic blast is on its way. Prepare now to prevent frozen water pipes

Imagine waking up on a cold morning expecting a hot shower. A turn of the faucet. And nothing. The pipes are frozen. It could have been prevented.

Bitter weather from Canada is expected to reach the Spokane Valley this weekend and stay with us for a couple of days.

Weather forecasts indicate temperatures will drop into the single digits Sunday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. It is important to take precautions to prevent your pipes from freezing in extreme weather.

Before freezing weather

  • Advise all household members where the main water shut-off valve is in case of an emergency.
  • Insulate water pipes in unheated parts of your home.
  • Seal all openings in the basement around the foundation, windows and doors.
  • Insulate pipes in your basement that are close to windows.
  • Drain underground irrigation systems.
  • Install an insulation blanket above the meter and ensure the water meter box lid is on securely.
  • Customers are responsible if the water meter or plumbing freezes.

During freezing weather

  • Run a pencil-sized water stream from the faucet to prevent freezing pipes.
  • Keep meter box lids closed during the winter to prevent cold air from freezing the meter.
  • Never use an open flame to thaw a water pipe if it freezes.
  • Heat all rooms of your house that have plumbing features.
  • If sinks are on an outside wall, leave cabinet doors open so pipes stay at room temperature
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