Cold Weather Safety
Help Prevent Frozen Pipes
In extremely cold temperatures, Public Works responds to many calls for frozen pipes. To avoid this situation it is advisable to let the water run at a constant trickle until the temperature rises. Lower lake water temperatures combined with cold air movement around plumbing fixtures can create freezing in water lines. Under these conditions, water can freeze in the lines in just a couple of hours. Residents can help prevent frozen pipes by following these tips.
Water Main Breaks During Cold Weather
The Village of Lombard's Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance and repair for approximately 195 miles of underground water mains. While most of these water mains do not freeze, when temperatures are well below twenty degrees outside, freezing soil may shift when it contracts, causing pipes to move and increasing the likelihood of a water main break and subsequent repair.
Dressing for Cold Weather
In extreme cold, frost bite can happen in just minutes. If you must go outside in cold temperatures, make sure you and your family are dressed for the elements.