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Temperatures are dropping in Craig; avoid frozen, burst pipes

Craig Press staff report
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CRAIG — As temperatures drop, it’s important to check plumbing to avoid the hassle and cost of frozen water lines.

“If you have no water in your home, your service line may be frozen. The homeowner is responsible to maintain their service line to the curb stop valve, and this includes preventing it from freezing,” according to the City of Craig Water Department. “Failure to prevent this could end up costing you, the homeowner, several hundred dollars in plumber or city repair costs.”

The water department offers the following tips to prevent frozen water service lines and water meters.

• Insulate water meters thoroughly, and if possible, install a heat trace tape. Remember to periodically check the heat trace tape to make sure it is working properly.

• Trailer residents are advised to install heat trace tape on the water service line under the trailer. This area is very susceptible to freezing, because of the lack of insulation on the trailer skirting. Remember to check the heat trace tape periodically.

• If service line have a history of freezing, let a sink or bathtub faucets run at a small steady stream overnight when the outside temperature is forecast to drop well below zero degrees. Moving water helps prevent freezing.

For more information, call 970-824-2964.