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CFPUA: Protect plumbing ahead of freezing temps

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is recommending its customers take steps to protect their...
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is recommending its customers take steps to protect their plumbing and irrigation systems, which can be damaged by a freeze.. (Source: KWES.)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 11:35 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is recommending its customers take steps to protect their plumbing and irrigation systems, which can be damaged by a freeze.

A freeze warning for inland and coastal New Hanover County is in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, through 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24.

“To help prevent pipes from bursting, drain water from outdoor plumbing and wrap pipes, or allow a trickle of water to run through the system,” CFPUA stated in a news release Tuesday. “In addition, temporarily turn off and drain irrigation systems.”

CFPUA also had the following recommendations:

  • Customers concerned about indoor plumbing can drip faucets and open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around pipes.
  • If you have a backflow preventer, protect it with a fiberglass cover. Also, close the valves and drain water from the assembly. Just make sure to turn it back on in the spring.

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