Why pipe freezing is a problem
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hoses, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
• Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
• Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
• Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located and are in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can freeze if the water is not running through the pipe and the water temperature in the pipe is cold.
• Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Many products are available at your local building supplies retailer. Pipes should be carefully wrapped, with ends butted tightly and joints wrapped with tape. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for installing and using these products. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing. Read More
What better place for a boy to celebrate his birthday than a fire station? We were happy to help make Stone’s party one he will always remember. Stone and his friends had a blast on fire truck rides from Lt. Loomis, dancing with Fire Pup and trying on the firefighter’s gear. Fire Pup is pictured with his new friends and helping the birthday boy blow out his candles. This party was made possible through a donation from the department to a local church as a raffle prize.
We were pleased to give out Salmon Chowder and Artisan Rolls to 120 visitors to our booth at Salmon Festival this year. We want to thank everyone that stopped by to support us and dropped donations in our boot for wildland gear. Mayor Josette Mitchell drew the firewood raffle ticket and the winners were Dave and Andrea Haney. Congratulations!
Backyard burning of yard debris is allowed with a valid permit. The $5 permit must be renewed annually. Office hours are 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, Monday-Thursday. If you are unable to stop by during business hours, please call the station at 503-429-8252 and leave us message. We will work out a way to get you a permit.
Metro West Ambulance is proud to announce that Randy Carlton, EMT and Shawn Wood, Paramedic will be honored at the Oregon EMS Awards on Friday, October 4 in Bend, Oregon.
These two dedicated EMS providers have been selected from nominations across the state to receive these awards. The EMS Provider of the Year recognizes one outstanding individual at each of the four levels of emergency responders-First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic who are exemplary at their patient care and their dedication to their community. Read More
You may recall a couple of articles several months ago that were a part of a series focusing on the “big six” events that happen in Vernonia throughout the year. The events are: The 4th of July Great American Bash, Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show, Community Garage Sale, St. Mary’s Quilt Fair, Salmon Festival, and the Spirit of Christmas. Each of these events gives us the opportunity to come together in appreciation and celebration of our community but they also draw visitors to experience our community as well. The first two articles covered Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and the Spirit of Christmas including the Christmas Bazaar. This article appropriately focuses on the 4th of July Great American Bash. Read More
Columbia County voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of the 9-1-1 operations levy in the May 21st election. Voters voted by an 85% to 15% margin to renew funding for five years for daily operations of the 9-1-1 emergency call and dispatch center.
In local elections for Vernonia School Board, all incumbents were re-elected, including Jim Krahn, Ernie Smith and Carrie Levenseller all candidates ran unopposed. Results for Position 6, which did not have a candidate filed to run but had 129 write-in votes, will not be known until next week.
In elections for the Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors, Luke Ellis was elected to Position 5 receiving 231 votes; Micheal Demeter received 216. Ben Davis was was elected to Position 1 running unopposed.
In elections for the Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District Board of Director, Joan Jones, William DeJager, and Patricia Wright were all elected having run unopposed. Position 5 had 21 write-in votes and the result of that count will also not be known until next week.
The Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District (VRFPD) is pleased to announce that seven new Vernonia firefighters received badges on May 11, 2013, following their graduation from Firefighter Academy.
Your new local firefighters are Jacob Bringman, Corey Glatt, Kendrick Leaverton, Ashley Loomis, Kasoma Moss, Jake Titus and Byron Weller.
Ashley Loomis was awarded the Chief’s Award; Corey Glatt was awarded the Leadership Award.
The VRFPD is happy to welcome these new recruits to our ranks.