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Dealing with frozen water pipes

With foothill temperatures dipping way below freezing and more cold weather on the way, the Nevada Irrigation District is reporting increasing calls from customers with frozen water pipes.

To prevent freezing, NID recommends insulating all exposed pipes and faucets. Inexpensive pipe wrap is available at local building supply and home improvement stores. Insulating today can prevent expensive repairs tomorrow.

Pipes and faucets that have been frozen can sometimes be thawed by wrapping them with rags and pouring hot water over the rags, repeatedly if necessary. (Never use an open flame or electrical device to thaw pipes.) Once the pipes are thawed, add insulation.



Water customers are advised to know the location of their house valve and their main shut-off valve so water can be turned off in case of emergency. If a pipe breaks, turn off the house valve or contact NID to shut off the service. You can then make the necessary repairs or call a plumber.


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