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During the last cold snap, the Town responded to calls of frozen pipes and leaks once things began to thaw.  As we shift into another cold spell please take precaution.  Below are some beneficial procedures to help limit frozen pipes.

How to Protect Pipes from Freezing: 

Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather and freezing. Burst pipes from freezing can cause some of the most expensive repairs in the home. So let's go over some of the basics to make you have them covered.

  • Insulate exposed piping: If you have any exposed water or drain piping in uninsulated spaces, such as in a crawlspace, attic, outside walls, etc., make sure to insulate them with foam insulation at a minimum. Ideally, you should wrap them with electrical heating tape first, then insulate them.
  • Open Sink Cabinet Doors: Opening cabinet doors under your sink helps air flow and keeps pipes warm.
  • Dripping you faucet: Letting a cold water faucet drip, helps to keep water flowing and lessens the chance of pipes freezing.
  • Exterior faucets: Known as hose bibbs, the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet (if possible). You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bibb. And remember to disconnect your garden hoses from the outside faucets, and drain them if you store them outside.
  • Turn off irrigation system: Turn off your irrigation system so it doesn’t come on, no need to water. Irrigation systems operating in the winter can cause frozen pipes and irrigation system parts, also can cause icy roads.  

Follow the link below to see current weather conditions here at the TOWN OF LITTLE ELM WEATHER CENTER.

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WINTER – What’s the difference?

Winter Storm Watch - Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning - Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.


  • What Kind of Water Pipes Freeze and When?

Water pipes have the potential to freeze and burst when the outside 
temperature reaches 20 °F or below. Pipes that are most vulnerable to 
freeze are usually exposed to severe cold, such as:

  • outdoor hose bibs,
  • swimming pool supply lines,
  • water sprinkler lines,
  • water pipes in basements,
  • water pipes in crawl spaces,
  • water pipes in attics,
  • water pipes in garages, and
  • water pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation (i.e. Tankless Water Heaters or Water Softener Filters)