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Freeze warning over: City asks residents to stop dripping faucets, check for leaks

The freeze warning has been lifted for our area.
Credit: AP
Maintenance workers fix the busted pipe at Rosa Mendoza's Piedmont Addition home in Dallas on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. The family's pipes burst Tuesday and hasn't had consistent power. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the freeze warning issued for our area has been lifted.

The City asks all water customers do the following steps.

  • Turn off all faucets that were set to drip.  Faucets no longer need to drip to prevent frozen pipes as temperatures are above freezing.

Investigate appliances and fixtures.

  • Check the cabinets under the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom sinks to make sure they are dry.

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Check for broken or leaking pipes.

  • Check all faucets to verify water flow. No or low flow may be the result of a broken or leaking pipe.
  • If some are producing water and others are not, this is most likely due to a leaking pipe.
  • Verify with your neighbors to see if they have water.  If you do not have water but they do, it is most likely a leaking pipe in your home.

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Watch your water meter.

  • If you suspect a leak, monitoring your home’s water meter will give you a definitive answer. The meter is often located beneath a manhole-type cover near the street or on the side or back of the house, near to where the water supply line enters the house.

Stay alert to leaking clues.

  • Water may be trickling slowly from pipe fittings within a wall. Stay alert in your home for the following clues to a leaking pipe.
  • Wall discoloration
  • Bubbling paint or bulging wallpaper
  • A dripping sound
  • A musty smell

The following video shows you how to shut off your water if you have leaky pipes.  

Field technicians can also be scheduled to turn off the water for you. To schedule water meter turn-offs only, you can email your request to waterquality@cctexas.com or call the city's 24-hour Customer Service Call Center at 361-826-CITY (2489).

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