Prep pipes for plummeting temps, utility says | Environment
As temperatures were predicted to drop into the single digits Thursday night, a utility department reminded Madison residents to prepare their homes to protect pipes from bursting.
The Madison Water Utility said a few preventative steps taken now can help avoid a messy -- and costly -- consequence.
The department recommended that Madisonians:
- Check outdoor spigots to make sure all hoses are
- Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots
- Make sure outdoor spigots are turned off and drained
- Insulate pipes in unheated areas like crawl spaces, unheated garages, attics
- Leave some heat on in unused areas of the home
If a resident is planning to go out of town for a few days, the water utility also suggests to:
- Set the thermostat at 55 degrees minimum while gone
- Open cabinets where sink plumbing is against an outside wall
The department also suggested having the house and pipes professionally winterized if planning to leave town for the winter.
To see what happens when a leak isn't caught, take a look at the video below.
A video taken last winter shows the aftermath in a Madison home from a second-floor pipe burst, the utility said. The mess wasn't found until spring, when a neighbor noticed water pouring out under a patio door.