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Water district has tips for your pipes


If you had a water emergency at your home or business, would you know what to do? Tualatin Valley Water District officials have some answers:

n Know how to turn off your water in case a pipe breaks. Watch TVWD’s “Totally Valuable Water Dude” video at tvwd.org for tips on where your water shutoff is.

n Disconnect and drain hoses from outside faucets.

n Turn off and drain irrigation systems and backflow devices. Wrap devices with insulation.

n Cover foundation vents with foam blocks, thickly folded newspaper or cardboard.

n Insulate hot and cold pipes in unheated areas, such as the garage, crawl space or attic.

n Help keep pipes from freezing during frigid weather by opening cupboard doors under sinks and keeping a small, steady drip of cold water at an inside faucet farthest from the meter.

If your pipes freeze, take these steps:

n Never thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame. You could start a fire, and your pipe likely will burst. Use hot air from a hair dryer, the exhaust from a vacuum cleaner or a closely monitored heat lamp or electric heater instead.

n Shut off the water at the main shut-off valve and turn off the circuit breaker or gas to the water heater.

For more information, visit tvwd.org.