Frozen Water Pipe Prevention

When temperatures stay below freezing, the water pipes could freeze. Water meter lids should NOT be removed during freezing temperatures. If there is a concern of a leak, contact City Hall immediately at 573-682-2139.

PREVENTION TIPS:
  • Give pipes a helping hand - If pipes run through cabinets or vanities, open the doors to let warmer room temperatures flow in
  • Keep water running - Keep water moving through the pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run. The cost of the extra water is typically lower than the cost of repairing a broken pipe.
BUT IF YOUR PIPES DO FREEZE:

  • Shut off the water immediately - Don't attempt to thaw pipes without turning off the main shut-off valve.
  • Thaw pipes with warm air - You can melt the frozen water in the pipe by warming the air around it with a hair dryer or space heater. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
  • Be careful turning water back on - Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check pipes and joints for any cracks or leaks that might have been caused by freezing.