According to Roseville’s Director of Public Works Duane Schwartz, the city is receiving three to six calls each day reporting new frozen lines. As a result, he is recommending that residents take the temperature of the cold water coming from their tap periodically to make sure they are not in the freeze-up danger zone.
If the cold water temperature coming from the tap is at or below 35 degrees, a service line may be in danger of freezing up. To lessen the possibility of a line freeze when cold water temps are at or below 35 degrees, the city recommends that residents let their water run at a continuous stream the size of the lead of a pencil from a faucet. This should be done until the end of March or until the cold water temperature comes back above 35 degrees.
The additional water cost of 50-100 gallons per day is about $10 per month, a good value compared to the $500-$1,500 price of thawing a frozen line. Additionally, if your service line does freeze it may be several days wait to get a contractor to respond as most have long waiting lists.
Residents with questions about freezing pipes can contact Roseville Public Works at 651-792-7004 between 8 AM and 4:30 PM.