Preventing Frozen Water Services - January 5, 2018


Due to ongoing cold temperatures, the Town of The Blue Mountains is reminding municipal water users to take voluntary measures to minimize the chance of experiencing frozen water pipes.

Please consider the following:

  • Winterize Outside Faucets

Ensure outside water pipes/hose faucets are properly drained.

  • Insulate Pipes

Consider wrapping towels around pipes to provide insulation. There are also several products on the market that can be used by a licensed plumber to minimize the risk of frozen water pipes.

  • Look for Cold Drafts

Check your home for areas where water lines are in unheated areas (including basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, under kitchen and bathroom cabinets, etc.). Areas adjacent to outside walls are most at risk.

  • Be Prepared When Travelling

Leaving during the winter? Keep your thermostat set at 15 degrees or higher and have someone check your house regularly.

  • Find Your Water Shut Off

Determine where your water shut off valve is located in your home and learn how to use it.

  • Consider Leaving Your Water Running

You can run your fixtures at a very slight trickle or consider flushing your taps for 3-4 minutes several times a day. The Town will not credit this voluntary water use.

If your water service does freeze, immediately notify a licensed plumber and, if required, the Town’s Water Section by calling the 24-hour emergency water pager: 705-446-5853.

For additional information visit the Water Services webpage.

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