Arctic Temperatures in the Forecast: New Jersey American Water Emphasizes Need to Guard Against Frozen Pipes
January 29, 2019 at 13:23 PM EST
With polar-like conditions predicted to bring frigid air to the region this week, New Jersey American Water is urging homeowners to act now to prevent frozen and damaged household pipes.
“Sub-freezing temperatures for an extended period can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze or burst, resulting in costly damage,” said New Jersey American Water Vice President of Operations Thomas Shroba. “Making the necessary preparations for these conditions and learning how to respond to frozen pipes can alleviate the expenses associated with making major repairs.”
Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping. During extending periods of sub-freezing temperatures, if you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe.
New Jersey American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting pipes:
WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE CONSISTENTLY AT OR BELOW FREEZING:
IF YOUR PIPES FREEZE:
WHEN YOU ARE AWAY:
Being aware of your internal plumbing also can prevent damage to your plumbing system, and New Jersey American Water encourages customers to:
HELP REPORT LEAKS
New Jersey American Water also advises that sub-freezing temperatures can cause water mains and service lines to break and cause unsafe driving conditions. If you see a leak or your water service is disrupted, please contact the company’s customer service center at 1-800-272-1325.
New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.7 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit www.amwater.com.