With the possibility of snow and ice in the next few days, Piperton Public Works has a few recommendations for our residents:
- Locate your home's main water shut off valve, and learn how to use it. Should a frozen pipe burst, shutting the main valve quickly will minimize flooding and property damage.
- Insulate pipes in unheated areas like basements, garages, and crawl spaces.
- Circulate warm air around pipes by keeping cabinet doors open. Let a small stream of tap water flow through pipes during extreme cold to help prevent freezing.
- If pipes do freeze, leave your faucet on to allow for expansion in the pipe once the thawing process begins, if possible.
- In case of a power outage, limit water usage. Your toilets, sinks, and showers will still work when you lose power. You will want to reduce the amount of water you use as your decentralized sewer/septic tanks will still collect the water, but the effluent waste will not be pumped (liquid sewage from the septic tank) to the City pump stations or drain fields due to the power outage. This also applies to our centralized sewer systems, as our pump stations need electricity to work efficiently.
In case of water or sewer emergencies, please call our Emergency Line at 901-316-8726. Stay warm, stay safe!