Illinois American Water offers tips to keep pipes and water meters
from freezing and breaking
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[December 21, 2013]
— Illinois American Water reminds homeowners to make
preparations to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes and
water meters this winter. While the winter season can pose many
challenges to a homeowner, one of the biggest and most costly is the
risk of frozen pipes.
When ice expands inside pipes, it can crack and burst the pipe,
leaving homeowners with a costly plumber bill and thousands of
dollars in damage from water leaking inside their home.
protect your pipes in cold winter weather, keep these helpful tips
Make sure everyone
in your home knows where the main water shut-off valve is and
how to turn it off and on. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the
water off immediately.
Search your house
for uninsulated pipes, especially in unheated areas. Consider
wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but follow
manufacturers' instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard.
Seal cracks and
holes in outside walls and foundations with caulking, especially
where cable TV or phone lines enter the house, to keep cold
winds away from pipes.
If your home is
heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them
slightly. Close them when water appears.
Make certain that the water to your
hose bibs is shut off inside your house (via a turnoff valve)
and that the lines are disconnected and drained.
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Set the thermostat
at 55 degrees if you’re going out of town. Although you may be
able to get away with a lower temperature, this setting is
considered to be safe for pipes.
Drain and entirely shut off the water
to any unoccupied residence such as a summer or vacation home. A
loss of power during a winter storm could cause pipes to freeze.
If you intend to leave a property entirely without heat, be sure
to drain all water to prevent the possibility of frozen pipes.
[Text from file received from
Illinois American Water]
Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water
(NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the
state, providing water or wastewater services to approximately 1.2
million people. American Water also operates a customer service
center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded
U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in
Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 6,700 professionals
who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to
approximately 14 million people in more than 30 states, as well as
parts of Canada. For more information, visit