Eau Claire reminds people of frozen pipe dangers

By  | 

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - As temperatures continue to drop below zero, the city of Eau Claire is warning people about pipes freezing.

The city's water mains are about eight feet below ground, but as temps stay below freezing, frost keeps getting closer, putting water pipes in danger according to city utilities administrator Jeff Pippenger.

He said pipes are freezing in people's homes and in the streets, which can be hard to prevent. He said some warning signs are low pressure, water discoloring and sputtering faucets. He said thawing frozen pipes can cost about $200 when it's in the street and more than $1,000 in a home and that although high temperatures have been back above zero, winter weather remains.

“We're not out of the woods yet. We typically on a historical pattern, we see most of our problems happen in late Feb. So with the frost as deep as it is, and the night time temps still getting below zero, it's going to be awhile before we get out of this. So if you see any of these problems, take some precaution,” Pippenger said.

Pippenger reminds people to use a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner exhaust to thaw pipes and not an open flame, to avoid starting a fire.

The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus