Caldwell, NJ

Caldwell, NJ: Water Main Break

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now

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Monday, Sept. 6, 2021

The Caldwell Police, Caldwell DPW and Caldwell Water Department are currently at the scene of a Water Main Break which started at about 11:45am on Wakefield Place, near Central Avenue.

How Long To Repair?

  • Water breaks take 4 to 8 hours to repair

What to Do After a Water Main Break is Repaired

  • You will probably notice red murky water from your tap
  • Open all cold water taps and allow water to run until clear for at least 2 to 10 minutes
  • Then turn on hot water tap until it is hot
  • Wait 2 hours: turn on hot water again; this ensures your hot water tank is clear
  • Ideally: Run washing machine for 2 cycles with detergent to clean the unit

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What is a Water Main?

  • A primary underground water pipe that connects a home or business to its town's water distribution system

What Causes a Water Main Break?

Age

  • All materials wear out over time

Freezing Temperatures:

  • When the ground freezes, it tightens around the pipe which puts pressure on it, resulting in a crack.
  • The water inside of the pipe can freeze, creating outward pressure, cracking the pipe

Hot Temperatures:

  • Metal expands when it is heated, which can result in cracking
  • The ground dries out and pulls away from the pipe, which causes the pipe to shift when water is pumped through it, and the movement can result in cracking

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Is Your Pipe About to Break?

Inside Your Home: Listen and look out for:

  • Hissing or popping noises which could be from low water pressure
  • Unusual sounds coming from pipes or faucets
  • Water seeping into a room
  • Water flowing slowly through tap water
  • Water appearing dirty or rusty

Outside Your Home: Listen and look out for:

  • Sidewalk or road sinking
  • Water gushing from the ground
  • Water seeping or pooling out of the ground
  • Unexplained wet or soggy ground and grass area

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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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