Deep frost level can cause pipes to freeze

Weeks and weeks of frigid temperatures mean the area’s frost level is now 3 feet deep — a problematic situation for pipes across the Grand Valley, three of the area’s water providers warned Friday.

Officials with the city of Grand Junction, Ute Water and Clifton Water said that the deepening frost is causing residential waterlines and water meters to freeze, often leaving customers without water at all.

They offered a few preventative steps that people can take to avoid the big freeze.

They recommend closing garage doors and opening inside cabinet doors to help warm air circulate. They further recommend allowing a trickle of water to flow through faucets, especially ones on exterior walls. You’ll be on the hook for the extra water use charges, though.

You can also wrap heat tape and insulation around exposed pipes, and homeowners should also know where their main shut-off valve is.

The big take-away, though: Do not “forcefully heat” your waterlines. Things such as torches cause additional stress and could cause a burst, officials warn.

If you lose water service, the best thing to do is get in touch with your water provider, so a technician can investigate whether your meter is frozen. All the providers say customers should not try to access meter pits on their own.


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