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CFPUA urges customers to protect plumbing ahead of winter storm

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority urges customers to take steps to protect plumbing and irrigation systems ahead of the ice storm warning affecting the Cape Fear area Friday and Saturday.

Pipes can be damaged by a freeze and temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s-30s overnight through Sunday, Jan. 23.

CFPUA recommends following below tips: 

  • 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. In addition, temporarily turn off and drain irrigation systems.
  • Customers concerned about indoor plumbing can drip faucets and open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around pipes.
  • If customers are trimming tree limbs and clearing yard debris ahead of the storm, be sure that debris is not left on top of your water meter box. In the event of a water emergency at your property, this will delay CFPUA crews’ ability to reach your meter.   
  • Freezing temperatures can also damage backflow preventers. All commercial business water customers and homes with irrigation systems have backflow preventers, which keep irrigation water from contaminating the public water supply. 
  • If you have a backflow preventer, protect it with a fiberglass cover. As an additional step, close the valves and drain water from the assembly. Just make a note to turn it back on in the spring.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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