Madison Water Utility offers helpful tips to keep your pipes from freezing

  • Madison Water Utility offers helpful tips to keep your pipes from freezing

Madison Water Utility offers helpful tips to keep your pipes from freezing

It's also advised to make sure heat is flowing to rooms with plumbing fixtures like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.

Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors and make sure you've closed inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.

If you are going out of town, you can receive water use email alerts that will notify you after 24 hours of unusually high use, which may indicate a burst pipe.

Johnson says materials customers should have on hand are heat tape, pipe insulation, a portable space heater and a portable hairdryer. "If you do it on the hot side, the water heater is filled with the cold water".

And if you have a neighbor who's out of town for the winter or a house in the neighborhood that's vacant, keep an eye out for water coming out from under doors or any unusual frost buildup on the inside of windows.

And insulate pipes in unheated areas and open doors and cabinets to expose pipes to warmer air.

Water inside pipes freeze and expand the pipes, causing them to burst.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night. Frozen pipes can cost you thousands.

But if pipes freeze, Perry said you can try to thaw them using a hair dryer.

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe.

Customers whose property has a history of frozen water services should also be wary.

Keep the faucet open.

"Please note that you should continue to run your water even if there are a few warm days at any time prior to April 1", the department advises.

-Seal any leaks that could allow cold air inside where pipes are located.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.

Local plumbing companies say they are already responding to calls about frozen pipes.