Troutman Public Works Department offers tips to prevent pipes from freezing

Posted at 6:00 PM on Dec 28, 2017

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FROM THE TOWN OF TROUTMAN

Winter is here again! And with winter comes the threat of damage to your home from snow, ice and freezing. In an effort to inform the citizens of Troutman, we want to offer a few tips that may help you protect your water pipes and in turn your home and property.

1. Turn on the taps

Let the water drip in extreme cold. Even if the water does freeze, this will relieve some of the water pressure and keep the pipe from bursting.

2. Open cabinets

Leave the cabinets open under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. This keeps warm air circulating around your pipes.

3. Wrap the pipes

If your pipes are in areas that don't get warm air, consider insulating them with insulation sleeves or wrapping. You can get foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves at your local hardware store, or call a plumber to do it for you.

4. Seal the gaps

Cracks in your home’s outside walls or foundation should be caulked to keep cold air away from your pipes.

Please stay warm and do not hesitate to contact the Town of Troutman for more information:

Troutman Town Hall
(704) 528-7600

Public Works After Hours Emergency
‭(704) 682-3835‬

Adam Lippard, Public Works Director
(704) 902-1451

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