Protect your pipes or buy a swimsuit

Protect your pipes or buy a swimsuit
Posted on 10/26/2020
Image by G J Whitby from Pixabay

As temperatures drop, El Paso Water urges you to “Protect Your Pipes.”

When water freezes, it expands volume by nearly 10%, and the pressure can result in broken water lines that lead to costly repairs and water waste at your home or business.

According to property repair experts, a broken ½ inch water pipe could spill as much as 50 gallons per minute depending on the size of the break.

“Outdoor water faucets and plumbing are vulnerable to the cold temperatures, particularly if they are not insulated,” said Alan Shubert, Vice President of Operations and Technical Services. “Customers should be proactive in protecting their homes.”

Here are some quick tips to avoid damages to your property:

  • Insulate exposed pipes and faucets outside and around your home, including those in unheated areas like garages or crawl-spaces, and disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets.
  • In severe cold only, let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. Running a drip of water through the pipes helps prevent freezing because the temperature of the water is above freezing.
  • If a pipe does break on your property, know where your water meter is and how to turn water off immediately to avoid further damage and water waste.
  • If you are taking a vacation or will be away for several days, maintain temperatures inside the home and open sink cabinet doors so warm air can reach pipes to prevent freezing, or turn off your water at the meter, and/or ask someone to monitor your home in your absence.

Leak Adjustment Program

Remember, property owners are responsible for water pipes that start at the meter and run throughout their property. If you experience a broken pipe on your property, you may qualify for the leak adjustment program – available to customers once every two years. Customers can get a partial credit on their bill if they show proof of repairs for a leak. 

El Paso Water | All Rights Reserved | Powered by CivicLive | © 2018 West Corporation