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CFPUA Reminds Customers to Protect Pipes Ahead of Weekend Cold Snap

With near-freezing temperatures outside, internal and external water lines could be vulnerable to damage. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON – With a cold front moving in on Saturday, temperatures are expected to drop from 70 to 40 and drop further overnight into the 20s. So the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) is encouraging customers to protect their plumbing systems and irrigation against potential damage.

Freezing temperatures could burst pipes and damage backflow preventers at businesses and commercial properties, which prevent irrigation water from contaminating public water supplies.

To prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, the CFPUA advises customers to let water run through the irrigation system or drain outdoor plumbing water and wrap the pipes. In addition, customers must temporarily shut down systems and drain them.

Any problem with indoor plumbing can be solved by running faucets and opening kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to keep pipes from getting too cold.

Any customer with a check valve should protect it with a fiberglass blanket. The valves should be temporarily closed and the water should be drained from the assembly, but the valves should be turned back on in the spring.


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