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Advises New Yorkers To Protect Their Water Meters and Pipes
remove leaves from catch basins to prevent flooding
New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner
Emily Lloyd today cautioned City home and business owners that
in unusually cold weather it is important to protect pipes, water
meters and water service lines from freezing.
Commissioner Lloyd said, “Homeowners would be wise to take
steps now to prevent their pipes and water meters from being damaged
by the coming cold weather. Not only could it save a lot
of grief and inconvenience, but money as well –
if a meter freezes and breaks because a homeowner has failed to
take reasonable steps to protect it, the homeowner will be responsible
for the cost of repairs. ”
Suggestions and tips to prevent freezing
Eliminate drafts from basements, crawl spaces and other unheated
areas. Temperatures are lower near floors and foundation walls;
Turn off water to outside faucets, remove hoses and drain pipes;
If pipes or meters are located against an outside wall insulate
the wall; if they are located in a cabinet, open cabinet door
to allow warmer air to reach them.
Install storm windows on basement windows and tightly close
basement doors and windows;
If you plan to be away for several days, ask someone to visit
and turn on a faucet to ensure the water is still is flowing.
Steps to take if your service line, pipes
or meters freeze
Open a hot-water faucet near the frozen point;
Direct a hair dryer or heat lamp at the frozen section, or
put a small space heater nearby;
NEVER TRY TO THAW A FROZEN PIPE OR METER WITH AN OPEN
If you are unable to thaw the frozen pipes, call a licensed plumber. If
your meter is damaged or broken call the City at 311 or contact
a licensed plumber.
Residents should also clear leaves in the street from the vicinity
of storm drains and catch basins. Leaves can clog catch basins
and cause flooding.