When the temperature is extremely cold, the water in your pipes may freeze, which can make the pipes burst.
To help prevent frozen pipes:
- Check for open windows, air vents, and drafts near water pipes.
- Seal leaks in the basement foundation where cold air may enter. Stuff holes with insulation. A tiny opening my cause an exposed pipe to freeze.
- Allow a slow trickle of water to flow through faucets connected to water pipes that run through unheated spaces.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Insulate pipes in unheated spaces like garages, basements, and crawl spaces.
Be ready in case you have pipe freeze:
- Find your water shut off valves and know how to shut off water if you do have a pipe burst.
- Get a water alarm to put in your basement or other area where a water leak would not be immediately noticed.
What to do about frozen pipes:
- If a pipe bursts, shut off the water promptly to minimize damage.
- If your pipes freeze, use a hair dryer to thaw the lines safely. Thawing will not be fast, but it will be safe.
- NEVER USE AN OPEN FLAME TO THAW PIPES [that's how my Grandma's house burned down - Webmaster]
When pipes are frozen, there is often water available in at least one faucet. If there is no water coming through any of your taps, there may be a problem in your service outside.
If you have no water, please call the Lexington DPW water and sewer division:
Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, call 781-274-8300 extension 1
After hours, call our emergency number at 781-862-1618