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Posted on: January 31, 2019

Frozen Pipes or Meter?

Frozen Water Pipes

In the Township per Ordinance No. 12 Section 12 the homeowner is responsible for the waterlines from the house (including the water meter) to the water main in the street.

You can take several actions to prevent meters and pipes from freezing in your home. Temperatures are colder along the floor and the cement block wall of the basement than they are near the ceiling. Circulating the warmer air can help prevent frozen meters. In addition:

  • Keep your basement warm enough to keep the meter and pipes from freezing

  • Check along the foundation for places cold wind can waft into the basement or

    into crawl spaces and plug them with insulation

  • Replace or repair broken or cracked basement windows

  • Install storm windows or cover basement windows with weather insulation kits

  • Make sure that basement doors and windows close tightly

  • Seal or caulk cracks in the wall

  • Insulate pipes

Make sure the valves on either side of the water meter work and can be turned off if the meter freezes or the pipe bursts. If the pipes near the meter are frozen, use a hair dryer to slowly apply heat to the pipe. If your water meter freezes, the bottom plate will crack. Do not try to repair the meter yourself.

The contractors listed below are known to specialize in frozen water lines. This is by no means a comprehensive list. White Bear Township does not guarantee the following contractors' work performance nor endorse their services.

Plumbers

  • Hugo Plumbing & Pump Service (651) 433-4866

  • JMJ Services (612) 245-0028

  • Matt’s Plumbing (651) 341-5899

Welders

  • CMBR (612) 986-4347

  • L & L Welding & Trucking (651) 454-7629

  • McDonough Sewer (651) 436-3370

  • Miller (651) 439-1637

  • Signature Mechanical (612) 788-9844

  • Sterling Welding Company (612) 521-4676

Therefore, White Bear Township shall not be held liable or responsible for any event that takes place between these contractors and its customers.


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