When below freezing temperatures are sustained over a few days, water pipes and meters that are close to cold air may freeze. The City of Newark Division of Water & Wastewater urges residents to take steps to prevent water pipes and meters from freezing. Frozen water meters and water pipes can stop water service and may be expensive to repair or replace. Property owners are responsible for protecting both water pipes and the water meter from damage. Preventing pipes and the meter from freezing is easier than trying to thaw them. Please note, there is a charge associated with having to replace your meter. The City of Newark offers these money saving suggestions:
To Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
Eliminate cold drafts near water pipes
Provide warmth to the water pipes
Make frequent use of your water supply
How To Thaw Frozen Water Pipes
The pipes are frozen if no water comes from your faucets when you turn them on. Most likely the pipes nearest a wall, door, window, or along the floor are frozen.
How To Prevent A Frozen Water Meter
You may also contact a certified plumber to come and thaw your water lines. If the meter does freeze, it can cause your basement to flood and the meter will need to be replaced before you will have water again. If you suspect damage to water pipes or the water meter, call the City of Newark Division of Water and Wastewater, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 740.670.7940. After 4:30 p.m. weekdays and anytime weekends, call 740.349.6735.