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Streets, Roads Begin To Clear In Benton, Washington Counties

Posted: January 7, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Streets and roads in Benton and Washington counties should see a major melt-off today as temperatures are expected to climb above freezing.

At A Glance

Fayetteville Pipes

Fayetteville city workers had responded to roughly three dozen calls about frozen water pipes by midday Monday, according to David Jurgens, city utilities director.

The city is responsible for damage to main water and sewer lines, but pipes running from a meter to someone’s house or business are the property owner’s responsibility.

Jurgens advised residents to close all crawl space and basement vents and shut their garage doors to prevent frozen pipes. Insulation and heat tape can be installed — especially on pipes near exterior walls — to prevent freezing, too. City officials in a news release advised residents to leave heaters on low, open cabinet doors and let water drip from at least one faucet if they planned to leave their homes. Customers whose water meters have frozen before could pack newspaper, leaves or insulation around their meters during the warmest part of the day.

Customers with frozen pipes can call the Fayetteville Water and Sewer Operations Division at 479-575-8386 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jurgens said localized freezing can often be thawed with a hair dryer. He discouraged residents, however, from using an open flame or electrical charge to thaw frozen pipes.

Source: Staff Report

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