Cold Weather Tips:

  • Cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic from the inside of window frames during winter season.
  • Install tight fitting, insulating drapes/ shades on windows that are drafty

Adjust temperature in home:

  • Set the thermostat to 65 degrees Fahrenheit or as low as comfortable.
  • When sleeping or outside of home, turn the thermostat back to save nearly 10% annually on heating/cooling bills.

Find and Seal Leaks:

  • Seal air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes gaps around chimneys and recessed (or can) lights in uninsulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
  • Add caulk or weather-stripping to seal air leaks around leaky windows and doors.

Home Safety:

  • Only use weatherproof electrical devices for outdoor activities, including holiday lighting.
  • Keep sidewalks and entrances to your home free from snow and ice.
  • Check for ice dams near gutter downspouts. 
  • Do not tuck electric blankets under mattresses or children, and do not put anything, like comforters and bedspreads, on top of the blanket while in use.

Water pipe prevent and thaw:

  • Keep garage doors closed if water supply is there.
  • Identify areas around home where water lines are in unheated areas, make sure they are insulated.
  • When the forecast predicts to drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or remain freezing for an extended period. Have a droplet of water running from the highest faucet in home.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Remove,drain,and store hoses outdoors.
  • Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire, newspaper or fabric might also work.

If pipes freeze:

  • Shut off water immediately.
  • Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.
  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. Use either a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended, and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames. 
  • Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks. 
  • If pipes burst, first turn off water by cutting off the flow, clean up the mess, properly dry and repair any water damage to prevent potential issues with mold.

BPU emphasizes that sub-freezing temperatures can cause aging water mains to break and cause water to cover roadways. If a customer sees a leak, their water service is disrupted, or experiences low pressure, contact the company’s Water Issues Line at 913-573-9622 to report an emergency.