Chilling Temperatures Causing Problems

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

Temperatures are bitter cold outside, chilling to the bone and the pipes.

Sunday night the temperature got to a season low of four degrees below zero, leaving some people waking up on Monday morning with frozen pipes and no water.

Jim Dehart with Comfort Air says he knew he was in for a busy day Monday, "when I woke up Monday morning and saw that it was below zero in Fruita I said “here we go”". Dehart says there are ways to protect your pipes from this, "making sure that the heat is on, making sure that the garage is closed up and then making sure that any pipes that are near outside walls are insulated."

There are a few things you can do to insulate pipes including foam insulation or heat tape. Dehart also suggests closing any crawl space vents and putting insulation behind them but be sure to take that insulation off before the summer season begins. Joe Burtard with Ute Water has another suggestion, he says, "people can leave their faucet turned on furthest from the access point and where the water's coming into the house; just a slow drip because moving water won't freeze."

Ute Water serves about 80,000 customers in Mesa County. Burtard says most calls of frozen water lines come in when the temperature dips below ten degrees. The National Weather Service says temperatures in Grand Junction are supposed to get near ten degrees Tuesday night but the rest of the week should be a little warmer, good news for you and your pipes!

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