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City warns about freezing water pipes


Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND WATER BUREAU - Don't wait until you pipes freeze to take action.Freezing temperatures can mean frozen water pipes, the Portland Water Bureau warns.

With temperatures dropping, the bureau says pipes can burst, damaging homes and property. It is offering a list of precautions to help prevent and minimize such problems:

• Make sure indoor pipes are insulated in unheated areas, such as in an attic or garage.

• Turn on your faucets slightly when temperatures reach freezing. Flowing water, even the slightest drip, makes pipes less likely to freeze.

• Cover foundation vents with cardboard, newspaper, or foam blocks.

• Disconnect garden hoses from faucets.

• Wrap faucets and backflow assemblies with insulating material.

• Know the location of your water shut-off valve. Turn it off if a pipe breaks inside your home. Shut-off valves are typically located in the garage, basement, or outside the house near the foundation.

For more detailed information, visit the bureau's website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/513769.

For urgent water problems, contact the bureau’s 24/7 Emergency Hotline at (503) 823-4874.