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Avoiding Frozen Water Pipes And The Damage They Can Cause.

As we gear up for the upcoming weekend, it’s essential to be mindful of the extremely cold weather forecasted. Freezing temperatures can pose a risk to your home, particularly when it comes to your plumbing. Taking a few precautionary measures now can help you avoid the inconvenience and expense of dealing with frozen pipes.

Here are some tips to protect your home from potential pipe freezing:

  1. Turn Off Outside Hose Bibs:

    • Turn off the hose bibs at the indoor shut-off, not just at the outdoor faucet.
    • For added safety, turn it off inside and turn it on outside, allowing any remaining water in the pipe to drain and expand.

  2. Open Cabinet Doors:

    • Open cabinet doors below sinks that are against exterior walls. This allows warm air to circulate around the pipes, preventing them from freezing.

  3. For Those Leaving Town:

    • Be careful how you adjust your thermostat:

      • Avoid turning your heat down too low, especially if you’re leaving town.
      • Water lines near the exterior may experience colder temperatures than your thermostat indicates since it is usually more centrally located so setting your thermostat just above freezing wont be sufficient to keep your pipes from freezing
    • Turn Off Main Water Supply:

      • Before leaving, turn off the main water supply to your home.
      • Open all faucets to drain as much water as possible from the lines.

Remember, these simple steps can save you from the headache of dealing with burst pipes and potential damage to your home. In the unfortunate event that you do experience a pipe burst, we are here to assist you with drywall and carpentry repairs. But, if we can help you avoid this and instead put that money toward fun wish list upgrades that is a win! 

We wish you a fantastic weekend, stay warm!

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