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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Keeping your home safe during the cold weather

December 4, 2013

With cold days starting up, there is no time like the present to safeguard your home’s plumbing.

Rain, ice, and snow can do real damage to your home, and the Portland Water Bureau encourages you to take preventive steps to keep your home’s pipes in working order.

For your outside plumbing, caulk around pipes where they enter the home, close all foundation vents, and fill vent openings with wood or StyrofoamTM blocks. Use molded foam-insulating covers (available at hardware stores) or newspaper or rags covered with plastic wrap to wrap outside faucets or hose bibs.

For inside plumbing, insulate pipes in unheated areas, open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms (allowing pipes to get more heat from inside your home), and let a slight drip of cold water run when temperatures dip below freezing.

These simple steps could make all the difference.

Visit the Water Bureau’s website to learn more about protecting your pipes in freezing temperatures.