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Help protect your pipes from freezing in Eagle County

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Arctic air is heading to the central Rockies this week and weather experts are warning of possibly the coldest stretch of weather in more than a decade.

With that forecast in mind, the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District Monday sent a reminder for homeowners to pay special attention to water meters and pipes during very cold weather to avoid potential damage from burst water pipes.

Water meters and pipes should be insulated or located in areas that are kept warm to protect them from freezing and possibly bursting. Meters and water supply lines located in a garage can suddenly become at risk during very cold weather if the garage is not fully closed. A door left ajar in very low temperatures can lower the garage temperature enough to freeze either a meter or a water line, both of which can lead to extensive water damage in a property if a pipe bursts.

Residents and property managers should also pay attention to vulnerable areas like attics, basements, and crawl spaces, as well as pipes that are located in unheated areas or in places with little or no insulation, such as exterior walls. Beware that even hot water pipes can freeze depending upon where they were installed, if they’re insulated, and extreme low temperatures.

Here are some tips to reduce the threat of frozen or burst pipes:

• Locate your master water shutoff so you can turn off your water where it comes into your home or business if a leak or break occurs.

• Set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees at all times, even when your dwelling is unoccupied.

• Insulate vulnerable areas and install pipe insulating products on water lines.

• Close garage doors if the water meter or water supply lines are in the garage.

For more information on preventing or thawing frozen pipes, or for help locating your water meter or master shutoff, call the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, 970-477-5451.

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