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Protecting Your Home During Extremely Cold Weather

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CORRECTION (Original Release 12/21/2022  9:27 AM ):  Updated below.  Changed the power outage number from (337) 291-5700  to  (337) 291-9200.  So the corrected line reads:  If you experience a power outage, please call LUS at (337) 291-9200.   

Lafayette, LA (December 21, 2022) – With temperatures predicted to drop below freezing in the Lafayette area, there is a greater potential for water leaks and damage. Now is a good time to prepare your home to prevent frozen pipes and water damage.

Kent LaBry, LUS Conservation Specialist, has these tips for protecting your home during extremely cold weather:

  • Wrap exposed pipes outside and underneath home (if above ground) with insulation.
  • Cover outdoor faucets.
  • Protect any water pipes that run throughout the attic.
  • Disconnect and drain any outside water hoses.
  • Maintain a home temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under sinks, especially if along an outside wall, to allow heat to circulate around uninsulated pipes.
  • If away from home, it is suggested to turn off water at the hand cut-off valve and drain pipes.

If you do experience a frozen pipe:

  • Do not attempt to thaw pipes with a torch or flame.
  • Thaw pipes with heat from a hair dryer or hot water. 
  • Inspect pipes after thawing for any leaks.
  • Monitor your home’s water usage after the freeze for the next 5 days with your LUS online account for signs of a possible leak at www.lus.org/MyAccount.
  • If a pipe does burst, shut off the hand cut-off valve or call LUS at (337) 291-5740 if you need assistance locating the hand cut-off valve.

With temperatures below freezing, if you do experience a burst pipe or have water issues, please call LUS at (337) 291-5740. If you experience a power outage, please call LUS at (337) 291-5700.

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