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Tips for Preventing Water Lines from Freezing
Tips for Preventing Water Lines from Freezing

From the Town of Leesburg – With the onset of below-freezing temperatures, the Leesburg Utilities Department offers the following precautions to residents to protect water lines from freezing:

  • Turn off the water to outside hose bibs.  Disconnect and drain outside hoses.
  • Close crawl space vents and access doors.
  • Consider installing water pipe insulation. Local building supply stores carry a number of products designed specifically for this purpose.
  • Check pipe insulation periodically to make sure that it is dry. Wet insulation can be worse than no insulation.
  • Check the water meter lid.  If it is loose, call the Town at 703-771-2750 to request that a  technician tighten or replace the lid to prevent the meter from freezing. 
  • If leaving home for the holidays or a vacation during the winter, shut the main water valve off.

During extreme cold weather events, additional precautionary measures include:

  • Open cabinets and closets that contain water lines to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Leave faucets on a slight trickle. Running or dripping water can help prevent water lines from freezing; however, even running water can freeze in sub-zero temperatures.

If a water line does burst due to freezing, customers should immediately turn off the main water valve and call the Town.  For water line emergencies between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, please call 703-771-2750.  For emergencies after 5:00 p.m. on weekday and on holidays or weekends, please call the Leesburg Police Department’s Communications Center at 703-771-4500.