The Erie Water Works is asking their customers to take the necessary precautions to protect their water lines from freezing. Recent excavations have shown that the frost line is dropping to very deep levels, and lines that are within that frost line can be susceptible to freezing. If you’ve had frozen lines in the past, or if you would like to safeguard yourself against frozen lines, there are a few things you can do to minimize the potential of your water lines freezing up.
1) Run a small stream of water at your lowest spigot. Be sure the drain is clear. Moving water is less likely to freeze.
2) Open cupboard doors on any enclosed water feed. Especially if the feed lines are located along an exterior wall of your residence or business.
3) Consider having a heat source in your basement. Before using any portable heaters, be sure to read usage instructions and don’t do anything that might cause a fire hazard.