Are you and your home prepared for the frigid weather?

City of Auburn
2 min readJan 11, 2024

Weather models are predicting temperatures well below freezing until at least Sunday, with the coldest days expected Friday and Saturday.

Cold weather means the possibility of freezing pipes and water meters. Here’s what you can do to best prepare for the weather ahead:

1. Check for Frozen Water Meter or Pipes:

  • When you notice a lack of water, the first step is to check faucets and hose bibs.
  • If there’s no water anywhere, it might be a frozen meter. Dispatch a professional to examine it.
  • If water is coming from some faucets or hose bibs but not all, it likely indicates a frozen pipe in your home.

2. Thawing Frozen Pipes:

  • If a frozen pipe is identified, various methods exist to thaw it safely.
  • Heat lamps: Use these to apply gentle heat to the frozen section.
  • Heat tape: Specifically designed for pipe insulation, it provides controlled warmth.
  • Heat gun: Exercise caution and use this tool carefully to avoid overheating.
  • Hair dryer: A common household item that can be effective for minor freezes.

3. Preventative Measures:

  • Leave fixtures dripping: Allowing faucets to drip can prevent water from standing still and freezing.
  • Insulate exposed water piping: Wrap pipes with proper insulation materials to shield them from the cold.
  • Protect hose bibs: Install insulated covers on outdoor hose bibs to prevent freezing.

4. Additional Tips:

  • Open cabinet doors: During freezing nights, open cabinets under sinks to circulate warm air around pipes.
  • Maintain a consistent temperature: Keep your home heated to a stable temperature, especially during nighttime.

5. Emergency Preparedness:

  • Know the location of your water shut-off valve: In case of a burst pipe, shutting off the water quickly can minimize damage.
  • Have emergency contacts ready: Keep a list of professionals or services that can assist in case of a plumbing emergency.

Preventing frozen pipes and meters is essential for ensuring a smooth winter season. By following these proactive steps and being prepared, homeowners can minimize the risk of damage and ensure a reliable water supply throughout the colder months.

Stay warm, stay informed, and take the necessary precautions to keep your home safe from winter weather challenges.