Cold weather causes few problems for Hampton

A warm up early this week provided much needed relief for waterlines in the city.

Doug Tarr, Hampton Public Works Director, said the city fielded a few reports of frozen service lines in resi-dences during a recent cold spell where temperatures stayed well below zero degrees.

“Those, to date, have been properties that aren’t insulated very well and some waterlines are exposed to a draft,” he said.

Tarr said the city has part-nered with Service Line Warranties of America, an insurance company specializing in utility lines, to ensure Hamp-ton residents had a safeguard against frozen waterlines. This came on the heels of a winter saw a large number of frozen lines.

Tarr said that winter was fresh enough in the minds of city crews where pipes and water temperatures were monitored closely during the cold snap to start the year. He said locations where crews tested measured 47 degrees or slightly lower. Complications start to appear when water temperatures reach 37 degrees.

Read the full story in the January 10 edition.