Preventing Frozen Water Lines
As the temperature drops with the onset of winter, the Bryan Water
Department would like to encourage residents to take the following
precautions to help protect their water lines from freezing:
- Protect exposed pipes from cold air drafts by closing and sealing
windows and any exposed openings in basements or crawlspaces.
- Provide proper insulation for walls and pipes where necessary.
- If pipes cannot be shielded from the cold or the residence has a
history of freeze-ups, run a small stream in an inside faucet to keep
the water moving through the pipes. Make sure the drain is not plugged
- Keep your thermostat set above 55 degrees F, even if you will be
away for several days.
- If your pipes freeze despite these precautions, do not try to thaw
them with a torch.
- If you encounter a burst pipe, be aware of standing water and
electrical wires; an electrocution hazard may be present.
- Call a licensed plumber or the Bryan Water Department, 419-633-6100
during regular business hours and 419-633-6150 after hours, if you
are not sure what to do.
The Bryan Water Department cannot work on your private service line or
plumbing, but we can confirm that the service line to your property is thawed.
Tips for Electrical Use During Winter
In the event of severe winter weather, please remember the following information:
- To report any power related problems, call the Bryan Electric Department at
419-633-6100 during regular business hours. After hours, call
- If any lines fall due to ice and snow, do not
touch the lines. They could be electrified.
- If you can, look at the side of your house to see whether the lines go to your
electric meter base, cable box, or phone box in order to know who to contact to
make the repair.
- In case of high energy demands, turn back your
thermostat 2 to 4 degrees. Run appliances such as washers, dryers, and
dishwashers at night instead of during the day.
- Use an electric space heater with caution. Do not
use one in conjunction with an extension cord.
- Check on elderly neighbors and family frequently
during cold weather and bad traveling conditions.
At Bryan Municipal Utilities, we care about your safety.