To help avoid costly repairs from damage caused by frozen pipes, the Village of Marcellus DPW encourages the following during at or below freezing temperatures, (NOT MANDATORY and any resident may choose not to run their water):
Know what areas of your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls, are most vulnerable to freezing. Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors. Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately. Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation so do not disturb it. Shut off outside water.
If you have pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, open a faucet and let a small stream of cold water run to keep water running and prevent ice from forming and freezing your pipes. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
Open cabinet doors to let warmer room temperatures circulate around the plumbing, being sure to move poisonous chemicals and cleaners out of reach of children.
When you are away, it is a good idea to:
Keep your heat set at no lower than 55ºF.
Have someone frequently check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen. There are freeze alert monitors that can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below a certain degree.
NEVER use a blowtorch or any type of open flame device to thaw a water pipe.
If you choose to run water, the Village will issue, upon request, a 50% credit on water and sewer used during the request period. Credits will be calculated for usage during extreme cold weather only and will be calculated as soon as an actual read/billing cycle is possible.
Did You Know?
The garbage service that we use here in the Village, Michiana Disposal, offers a pick-up service for additional bulk items you may need to dispose of, for a minimal fee. If you have a couch, old desk, or various other bulk items that you would like to dispose of, simply call the Village Hall and have our utility clerk set up the pick-up for you. Once the item has been picked up, the fee will be added to your utility bill.
Winter Parking Notice
Winter Parking Ordinance No. 217 is in effect between November 1 and March 15 of each year between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
During regulated parking times, parking is limited to:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, park only on the south and west side of any street.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of each week, park only on the north and east side of any street.
The Full Ordinance is Available at the Marcellus Village Hall, 177 E. Main St., Marcellus, MI.