Frozen Pipes

You're pipes are screaming, "Hey, I'm freezing!".  

Each year, businesses and residents spend thousands of dollars repairing damage resulting from frozen water pipes.  It's not the pipes that cost the big money, it's the damage caused by the thousands of gallons of water that can fill a basement in less than one day.  Many of these repairs can be avoided with a few activities to safeguard your pipes from damaging cold...

As you prepare for winter, remove all of your outside hoses and splitters from your hose bibs.  Disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.  Even a modern frost-free faucet will fail if a hose is left attached over the winter.

Check for drafts and poorly heated areas with plumbing nearby.  Pipes most susceptible to freezing are typically those near outer walls, in crawl spaces, attics and basements.  A basement pipe can freeze if it's close enough to cold air coming in a vented or non-insulated wall.  Insulate these areas and you can save heating costs too!

Do not leave garage doors open if you have an attached garage.  Even if your garage is not well insulated, the open door makes a difference.

If you go on vacation, do not leave your thermostat lower than 55-60 degrees.  Any temp lower than that, and any plumbing near your outside walls can freeze.  If you are going to be away for 3 or more days, turn off your water at the water meter in case you lose your heat while you're gone.  Without heat, you can still suffer broken pipes, but you will not suffer the heartbreak of water damage to your home and belongings.  If you have a boiler heating system, do not turn the water off but do keep the thermostat at least 55-60 degrees.

Make sure you know how to shut off the water in the event of burst pipes.

Keep your contact information updated with Water Billing so you can be reached in the event of an emergency.  The Village's water billing number is 847.368.551.  Police, Fire and Public Works depend on you to provide contact information should something happen when you're away.