City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Frozen Pipes

LOCATION

Prior Lake City Hall
4646 Dakota St. SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372

CONTACTS

Utility Billing
(952) 447-9843
(952) 447-9844

HOW TO PREVENT FREEZING PIPES

Winterize Your Home

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Frozen Pipes


REDUCE THE RISK OF FROZEN PIPES

Cold weather brings with it a chance of pipes freezing and breaking. The risk is greater with longer stretches of extremely cold weather. Please consider the following tips to help avoid frozen pipes in your home.

NORMAL WINTER CONDITIONS
Make sure the cold air return for your furnace is pointed away from the water service. Water service enters most home in the basement through the floor (the water meter is attached.)
• Leave cupboard doors in your kitchen and bathroom sinks open to allow heat in.
• Keep your furnace above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Shut off and drain the pipes leading to outside faucets.
• Wrap foam insulation around pipes most susceptible to freezing
• Seal air leaks in your home and garage.
• If you are away, have someone check your home.
• If you are away for an extended period of time, ask the City to turn your water off at the street.

EXTREME COLD CONDITIONS
In addition to the above:
Purchase a thermometer and monitor the temperature of your water. If the water temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, leave a cold-water tap running at a steady stream of about ¼ inch in diameter (think the diameter of a #2 pencil).
The best way to prevent the service line from freezing is to keep the water moving or running. Turn a faucet on with a steady stream about the width of a standard #2 pencil is effective to prevent freezing. This is estimated to use about 575-700 gallons per day. It is estimated that a stream of water as suggested would fill a 1gallon pail in approximately 2 ½ minutes. The estimated average cost to keep a steady stream of water is about $3 per day.

MONITOR WATER TEMPERATURE AND WATER PRESSURE
If you don't wish to keep a steady stream of water flowing, you may try to monitor the temperature of the water coming out of your faucet. You can measure your water temperature with a thermometer by keeping the thermometer under a running faucet for about five minutes & then reading the temperature. The temperature should be around 45-50 degrees. If it drops to 40 degrees or below, the frost may be getting close to the service line, which may be a warning sign to start a steady stream of water.