Protect your pipes during cold temperatures

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - With El Paso's first freeze in the forecast, El Paso Water is urging residents to protect their pipes to avoid costly repairs.

According to the water company, the average home loses about 10,000 gallons of water a year due to leaks -- and outdoor plumbing is particularly vulnerable.

To prevent cold weather plumbing issues, El Paso Water suggests following these tips:

  • Insulate exposes pipes and faucets outside and around your home, including those in unheated areas (basements, garages, etc.)
  • In severe cold only, let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. Running a drip of water through the pipes helps prevent them from freezing.
  • If a pipe does break on your property, know where your water meter is and how to turn water off immediately to avoid waste and further damage.
  • If you will be away for several days, turn off water at the meter or ask someone to monitor your home in your absence.

According to a news release, customers are also encouraged to inspect their outdoor plumbing and monitor their water meters to ensure they aren't dealing with any unknown leaks.

For more information, call El Paso Water Customer Service at 594-5500 or visit its website.

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