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Posted on: November 17, 2021

Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter Preparedness For  Your Home

Now is the time to protect your pipes during winter.

City of Archdale is responsible for maintaining main water lines and the service lines to the meter.  All water lines and pipes beyond the meter are the responsibility of the customer.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

  • Drain swimming pool supply lines, lawn and landscape sprinkler systems at the end of summer.  (Do not put automotive antifreeze in drained water lines).
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses.  If the outside faucets have shut-off valves, close them and drain outside faucets.  If no shut-off is available or if frost-free faucets have not been installed-cover the faucets with insulation or Styrofoam covers.
  • Survey property for water supply lines that may be unprotected, such as unheated basements, attic areas, crawlspaces, garages, under cabinets, on exterior walls, at the water meter, or at the point where main supply lines cross the foundation into the house.  Insulate both hot and cold water lines in these areas (hot water lines freeze as readily as cold water lines if water is not flowing through them).
  • Protect exposed pipes by wrapping them with foam pipe sleeves (taping at all junctions), coving with fiberglass insulation, or installing UL-listed heat tape or heat cable.   Even several layers of newspaper will do in a pinch when temperatures are not expected to remain cold for prolonged periods.
  • Meter lids should remain on the water meter box at all times.

*Tips on preventing frozen pipes from the Pennsylvania American Water Company.

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