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Frozen Pipes


Every year when the weather turns cold the City receives many reports of frozen pipes.  The best thing that you can do to prevent this in your home is to keep the pipes open.  Leaving a slow drip or trickle in a faucet overnight, when the temperature and water usage is lowest, can prevent the water in your pipes from sitting still and freezing.  As the weather gets colder over a long stretch of time, the ground freezes deeper and deeper and puts more homes at risk of frozen pipes every day.  Yes, the slow drip or trickle may end up costing you a little extra on your water bill, but that amount will always be dramatically less than the cost to repair frozen pipes in your home and the water damage it can cause.

Other helpful tips to residents to avoid frozen water pipes this winter:

  1. Maintain heat at a minimum of 55 degrees.
  2. Avoid cold drafts by the meter or exposed pipes by caulking holes in foundations and window frames.
  3. If the water meter or piping is near the foundation in a cold area, wrap the meter and pipes and insulate.
  4. When temperatures are severely cold, run the cold water faucet at a minimum rate (trickle) to maintain water movement through your piping to prevent freezing-especially if a home is not occupied.

If you have a concern regarding your main line or meter being frozen, please contact the Tooele City Finance Department at 435-843-2150 or to schedule a technician to inspect this issue.

If you have an questions, please contact our Public Works Department at 435-843-2130.  For after hours (non-life threatening) emergencies, please call dispatch at 435-882-5600.

Find more tips for Preventing & Thawing Frozen Pipes from the American Red Cross at this link: