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Winter Storm Warning

Post Date:12/05/2013
On December 6, 2013, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area around and including portions of the Yucaipa Valley Water District's service area.  The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 to 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2013. 

 

Please take time to prepare for this winter storm by downloading and reviewing the Winter Weather Checklist.  

 

  

The Yucaipa Valley Water District would like to remind our customers about the potential for frozen or broken water pipes as a result of the winter storm.  By taking a few simple precautions, you can save yourself the mess, cost and aggravation caused by frozen pipes.
 
Before the Cold Weather Hits:
  • Insulate Pipes.  Any pipes exposed to the cold weather are most susceptible to freezing.  Take time to add insulation to your pipes.  The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
  • Heat Tape.  Heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heating cables can be used to wrap pipes.  Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers' installation and operation instructions.
  • Disconnect Hoses.  Garden hoses should be disconnected and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • Consider leaving water taps slightly open so they drip continuously during the coldest period of the winter storm which may be overnight. 
During Cold Weather:
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  • Coordinate with neighbors to regularly check outdoor plumbing to make sure it's protected.  
If Your Pipes Freeze:
  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out your pipes, they are probably frozen.  Usually the pipes that freeze will be on your property near the above-ground water service valve at the house.  In some cases it is just a matter of time before the frozen pipes thaw. 
  • If you detect that your water pipes have frozen and burst, contact the Yucaipa Valley Water District at (909) 797-5117 to turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. (Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shut-off valve is located.)
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame.   
If you have any questions, please contact us at (909) 797-5117.  We are available 24 hours a day to provide assistance with your water and sewer service.
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