Lafayette, LA (February 12, 2021) – With temperatures predicted to drop below freezing in Lafayette, now is a good time to prepare your home to prevent frozen pipes and water damage.
Garrison Harrison, LUS Conservation Specialist, has these tips for protecting your home during extremely cold weather:
Wrap exposed pipes outside and underneath home (if above ground) with insulation.
Cover outdoor faucets.
Disconnect and drain any outside water hoses.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under sinks, especially if along an outside wall, to allow heat to circulate around uninsulated pipes.
Maintain a home temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
Be mindful and protect any water pipes that run throughout the attic.
If away from home, it is suggested, to cut-off water at home shut-off valve and drain pipes.
If you do experience a frozen pipe:
Do not attempt to thaw pipes with a torch or flame!
Thaw pipes with heat from a hair dryer or hot water.
Inspect pipes after thawing for any leaks.
Monitor your home’s water usage after the freeze for the next 5 days with your LUS online account for signs of a possible leak.
If a pipe does burst, shut off the main water valve or call LUS at (337) 291-5700. Contact a plumber to repair the pipe.
With temperatures below freezing there is a greater potential for water leaks and damage, if you do experience a burst pipe or have water issues, please call LUS at (337) 291-5700.