COLD WEATHER: Tips To Avoid Freezing Pipes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

COLD WEATHER: Tips To Avoid Freezing Pipes

KHQ.COM - With winter weather upon us the City of Spokane's Water Department is providing some advice for residents to avoid frozen water pipes. If you need additional advice, call the Water Department at 625-7800.

Before freezing weather:

  • Advise all household members where the main water shutoff valve is located in case of emergency.
  • Make sure hoses are disconnected from outside faucets.
  • Make sure water pipes in unheated parts of your home, including crawl spaces, are insulated.
  • Seal all openings in the basement around the foundation, windows, and doors.
  • Insulate all pipes in your basement that are near windows.
  • Drain all underground irrigation systems.
  • During freezing weather:

    • Make sure you heat all rooms of your house that have plumbing fixtures. Water pipes in unheated rooms are subject to freezing and could cause extensive damage.
    • Leave the cabinet doors open to allow the heat from the room to enter if you have pipes that are located on an outside wall.

    Water pipes

    • Keep meter box lids closed during winter months to prevent cold air from freezing the meter.  Don't remove snow if you don't have to. It helps insulate the meter.
    • If you have experienced problems in the past during freezing periods and you have exhausted all other solutions, you can leave a trickle of water running from the faucet highest in the house. This trickle should be a steady stream slightly larger than the lead of a pencil.

    If you have a frozen pipe:

    • NEVER thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame. You may start a fire!
    • Use hot air from a hair dryer, the exhaust from a vacuum cleaner, heat lamps, heat tape, or electric heaters to thaw a frozen pipe. 
    • Also consider using a light bulb to thaw pipes slowly, by placing it next to pipes that are frozen.  Be sure to keep the bulb away from combustible material to avoid starting a fire.
    • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

    • Door-to-door solicitor uses racial slur against Spokane woman

      Door-to-door solicitor uses racial slur against Spokane woman

      Sunday, July 23 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-07-24 01:39:10 GMT

      SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane couple is furious after they say someone who went door-to-door asking for donations used a racial slur against them. Roger and Christina Wink were at home when they heard a knock at the door. Christina answered, and a man described to be in his 20s said he was collecting money to send care packages to active military.

      >>

      SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane couple is furious after they say someone who went door-to-door asking for donations used a racial slur against them. Roger and Christina Wink were at home when they heard a knock at the door. Christina answered, and a man described to be in his 20s said he was collecting money to send care packages to active military.

      >>
    • Level 3 evacuations issued for Bissell Fire burning in Stevens County

      Level 3 evacuations issued for Bissell Fire burning in Stevens County

      Monday, July 24 2017 9:36 AM EDT2017-07-24 13:36:09 GMT
      Texas teen calls mom, a 911 dispatcher, to say house ablazeTexas teen calls mom, a 911 dispatcher, to say house ablaze

      STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Level three evacuations have been issued in Stevens County as firefighters battle the Bissell Fire near Hunters, Washington.  The latest from DNR is that the fire is at 50 acres and no structures have been lost.  Level 3 evacuations were issued just after 8:00 p.m. as the fire grew quickly. The evacuation area consists of all residents within a mile radius of 3987 Bissel Road. 

      >>

      STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Level three evacuations have been issued in Stevens County as firefighters battle the Bissell Fire near Hunters, Washington.  The latest from DNR is that the fire is at 50 acres and no structures have been lost.  Level 3 evacuations were issued just after 8:00 p.m. as the fire grew quickly. The evacuation area consists of all residents within a mile radius of 3987 Bissel Road. 

      >>
    • Highway 95 reopens in Bonner County following crash

      Highway 95 reopens in Bonner County following crash

      Sunday, July 23 2017 9:31 PM EDT2017-07-24 01:31:27 GMT

      PONDERAY, Idaho - Bonner County Emergency Management reports a multi-vehicle crash closed Highway 95 in both direction Sunday afternoon. The Bonner County Sheriff's Office reports the highway is closed at milepost 490 near Elmira Road, about 11 miles north of Ponderay, while investigators gather evidence and interview witnesses.

      >>

      PONDERAY, Idaho - Bonner County Emergency Management reports a multi-vehicle crash closed Highway 95 in both direction Sunday afternoon. The Bonner County Sheriff's Office reports the highway is closed at milepost 490 near Elmira Road, about 11 miles north of Ponderay, while investigators gather evidence and interview witnesses.

      >>
    HD DOPPLER 6i
    /