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Preventing Frozen Water Pipes and Meters

As we get into the heart of the winter season, an upcoming extreme cold spell could be right around the corner. The Village would like to remind residents to prepare water lines for freezing temperatures. Here are a few simple tips to protect your waterline:

  • Maintain proper heat in your home, at least 55 degrees at all times.
  • Make sure there is warm air circulating in un-insulated areas of your home where there are water pipes, including garages and unfinished basements and crawlspaces.
  • Disconnect garden hoses from all outdoor faucets. This allows water to drain from frost-free faucets.
  • Leave a trickle of water running from a faucet to keep water moving through the line.
  • If your water meter is located in a furnished area of your basement, check to be sure that the meter has been insulated properly and has protection from freezing during winter months.

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. If a pipe is broken, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. If the pipe is undamaged, warm the pipe using a hairdryer or heating pad; do not use candles or open flames. When in doubt, it is always best to contact a licensed plumber to prevent unintended damage.

If you plan to leave for an extended period of time, the Village is available to turn your water off at the b-box to help prevent freezing pipes. Contact the Finance Department at (847) 673-1540 if you suspect your meter to be frozen or would like to schedule a water shutoff.

Village of Lincolnwood
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