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Frozen pipes are a wintertime concern in Colorado, especially when temperatures drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Such dips in temperature pose safety concerns as well as the risk of frozen pipes in your home.
Residents are asked to take precautions to keep water flowing in your home during cold spells – and save unwanted headaches and money.
If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, or no water comes out from a faucet with pipes located near an exterior wall or some other susceptible area, suspect a frozen pipe. If your pipes did freeze, not all is lost! Follow these tips to lower the likelihood of busted pipes.
o 1. Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
o 2. Avoid a blow torch or exposed flame to thaw the pipe. It may seem like a quick fix, but thawing a pipe with an open flame could cause more issues. Instead, use a portable electric space heater, a heating pad or an electric hair dryer to do the trick.
Followed precautions, but your pipes froze anyway?
o Sometimes, despite our best efforts, pipes may not hold up in sub-zero weather. If you took all the precautions and they still froze, report it! It could be a sign of a larger issue outside of your home. It is possible for meters to freeze.
o Call the Pueblo West Metro Water Department at 719-547-3554 – even after hours – if your water doesn't start to flow after all attempts. Additional crews are on call to respond to frozen water meters and other issues outside of your home.
o If still no water, you may have to call a licensed plumber. Public utilities like Pueblo West Metro Water do not provide residential indoor plumbing services.