Risk of Frozen Pipes Has Passed!

Warmer temperatures Are finally Here and the risk of freezing has passed

Residents who were advised to run their taps to prevent frozen pipes may not turn them off.  Seasonal temperatures, regularly above freezing, mean that pipes are no longer at risk of freezing or refreezing.
 
The Township of Guelph/Eramosa had 35 homes on municipal water services affected by frozen pipes and almost all of these locations had neighbours providing them with supply water.  
 
We will be working on our end to make billing adjustments so that those who helped their neighbour by providing a water line, or who ran water to prevent freezing by request of the Township, won't be charged for the extra water use.
 

Checking for Leaks

Residences that had frozen pipes are reminded to check for leaks as pipes thaw, both inside and outside of the house.  Pipes may have cracked while they were frozen and could leak as water starts flowing again.  Leaks in underground pipes outside of the house may reveal themselves as continued wet spots on a lawn or changes in grading in property.
 

Next Steps

Homes affected by frozen pipess are encouraged to take preventative action before the next winter to help protect their home.  This includes: ensuring adequate heating and insulation around indoor plumbing and lowering the privately-owned portion of underground pipes outside of the house if they are buried at shallow depths.  
Previously-affected residents were asked to run a trickle of water to prevent freezing, which provided effective.  Public Works staff will be contacting all affected residents from previous years to run their water again next year.
 
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