Retired Chief Richard Harvey, Mentor Fire Chief Robert Searles, and Retired Chief John Preuer (left to right)


All of us at the Mentor Fire Department would like to remind you that waterlines are vulnerable and are in danger of freezing and bursting in extremely low temperatures. Water expands as it freezes and puts a tremendous amount of pressure on whatever is containing it. Whether it is metal or a plastic pipe, the pipe can freeze and burst, and this can be very costly.

The Mentor Fire Department would like to offer you some tips:

  • Do a survey of your house or business areas that are in danger of freezing.
  • Look to see where waterlines and fire protection sprinkler lines are located and be sure none are in unheated areas.
  • If you plan on leaving your house or business for an extended period of time during cold weather; DO NOT turn your heat completely off. Turn it down to no lower than 55o F to prevent frozen pipes.
  • Know how and where your water shutoffs are located.
  • Consider adding more insulation to attics, crawlspaces and basements or consider using UL Listed “heat-tape” or similar materials.
  • Keep garage doors closed.
  • Open up kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow heat to enter.
  • Keep a slight drip on the faucet.

Signs that you may have frozen pipes:

  • You turn the water on and nothing comes out of the faucet.
  • Your water faucet is turned off, but you hear water running.
  • If this should happen, investigate and know where your water
    shutoffs are located.

If you have any questions or we can help, call the Fire Department at (440)974-5765 (non-emergency).

Yours in safety,
Chief Robert Searles