How to pre­vent frozen pipes

The Glengarry News - - News - – An­gela Brown

North Glen­garry is ask­ing res­i­dents and busi­ness peo­ple in cer­tain parts of Alexandria to keep taps open in or­der to avoid frozen pipes.

Public Works di­rec­tor Ryan Mor­ton noted the main area of con­cern is on Main Street be­tween Lochiel and St. Ge­orge Streets. The town­ship has been deal­ing with a num­ber of calls from res­i­dents com­plain­ing of hav­ing frozen wa­ter pipes. As a re­sult, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is ask­ing res­i­dents to open a tap to al­low for a con­stant but min­i­mum wa­ter flow un­til the weather warms up. In a no­tice is­sued to con­sumers, the town­ship said it will ad­just wa­ter bills if there are any ad­di­tional charges re­sult­ing from the pre­ven­tive mea­sure.

If wa­ter freezes in a pipe, as it ex­pands ice can put pres­sure on the walls of the pipe, caus­ing it to burst. “This is a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure to en­sure your ser­vice does not freeze,” the town­ship said in its main­te­nance ad­vi­sory no­tice.

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