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Cold Weather and Water Main Breaks


employees working on water main break

Winter is here and cold temperatures can cause quite a few problems, including water main breaks. They’re unavoidable for any water system and unfortunately in the Michigan climate, it’s typical to see an increase during the winter. Breaks often occur when the outside temperature is below 32-degrees Fahrenheit, which causes the water in the soil to freeze below the frostline. When the ground freezes from the cold temperatures, this increases pressure on the water mains. BWL’s water mains are buried deep to help prevent main breaks as much as possible, however, if temperatures are extremely cold, the ground can freeze even deeper. Water mains are designed to withstand the enormous force placed on them due to the frozen ground, but extended cold temperatures sometimes become too much for the main and they can break. If you notice discolored water at your faucet, low pressure or water in the road and the BWL isn’t performing work in the area, this could be a sign of a water main break. Running a stream of water the size of a pencil for 10 to 20 minutes can often clear the lines after a water main break in your area. Should you experience any water issues described above, call 517-702-6490.