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Tips to protect your pipes as temperatures drop in Baltimore

Posted at 9:39 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 21:39:05-05

BALTIMORE — Throughout Baltimore, temperatures are expected to fall into the 20s tonight, possibly reaching a low of 20 degrees by the morning.

Due to the weather conditions, a code blue warning has been issued and Baltimore City Department of Public Works wants to remind residents that cold weather can harm water infrastructure especially during long periods of cold and repeated freeze and thaw cycles.

Water service lines and water meters can freeze when the temperature remains below 25 degrees for extended periods of time. Sub-freezing temperatures can also impact water mains, causing the ground to buckle and shift, resulting in broken water lines.

Take a look below at the tips DPW has to protect your pipes.

If you have any water emergencies in Baltimore City, make sure to call 311 or 410-396-5352 in the Baltimore County service area.