Residents should be aware that expected cold weather increases the likelihood of pipes freezing in homes without heat. Pipes should be drained to reduce any damage.
Hot-water heating systems, such as baseboard heat, should be drained first. To drain the heating system, do the following: Turn off the water going into the boiler. Locate and open all flow-check valves located on top of the boiler (there is one flow-check valve for each circulator). Drain the boiler by the faucet located at the bottom of the boiler.
Pull furniture away from the baseboard to allow any heat in the pipes to escape.
Residents on city-provided water should open all hot- and cold-water faucets to a drip. Open all cabinets under sinks that are located on an outside wall. Residents not on city-provided water should drain their pipes from the basement and open all faucets.