How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

November 25, 2014
Your water service line is how water is delivered to your home from the village's water main.  The depth of the water service line will range from 4' - 5' below ground. The normal frost line averages 18" - 3' deep in the Midwest.  In the case of sub-zero temperatures, the frost line can average 4' -5' below ground.
 
For any pipes that you may have in outside walls, crawl spaces or exposed to drafts, thorough insulation is essential, which can be done by wrapping pipes with electrical heat tape.  If your water service line and pipes are not frozen and a deep freeze seems likely, the most common home anti-freeze remedy is to keep a faucet in the house running constantly.

If this is not done, your water service line may freeze up.  If that occurs, the Bellwood Water Department cautions you not to use fire or electrical appliances, blow torches, etc., because homemade thaw efforts are dangerous remedies.  Homeowners have been known to burn their homes down while attempting to thaw out frozen water lines.
 
You should contact a reputable plumbing company or a comparable firm specializing in thawing out water service lines.  This work is performed with a high voltage arc welding unit.  The water meter and ground wire must be disconnected before work is performed.  The average charge for such work is approximately $75 t - $150 an hour and most firms operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Bellwood Water Department,Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at (708) 547-3542.  

 
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