With temperatures dipping down below freezing this week and the threat of snow, ice and a wintry mix in the forecast for our area- now is the time in prepare your home for what mother nature may have in store! Freezing pipes are a common occurrence in southern homes, since many are not built for extreme cold. By following a few simple steps you can protect yourself and your home, not to mention potentially saving yourself thousands of dollars in costly repairs.
- Keep the heat at 55 degrees or higher, even when you’re out of town. It will help prevent frozen pipes and water damage to your home.
- Know the locations for your shutoff valves so you know where to go to turn off your water should a pipe burst.
- Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinets- this allows the warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
- If water supply lines are in the garage—keep the garage closed!
- Turn on both hot and cold faucets near the outside walls (where it’s most likely to be colder) and allow a small trickle of water to run at night.
- Wrap your pipes in insulation (foam tubes). This will help those pipes that are close to the outside walls, attics or crawl spaces to decrease the chances of freezing.
- Disconnect all the outdoor hoses and turn off the water that flows from exterior faucets and sprinkler systems.
- Leave the heat on and drain your water system before you go away from home. It will decrease the chances of seal air leaking around the pipes.