29 Dec Tips to Protect Your Home in Freezing Weather
Frozen Pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops, and a burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 in water damage.*
- Here are some Tips to Protect Your Home in Freezing Weather:
- Remove hoses from exterior faucets including those labeled “frostless” or “freezeproof”.
- Keep garage and utility room doors closed.
- Open sink cabinets located on exterior walls to allow warm air to circulate near pipes.
- Close foundation vents- especially those located near water pipes.
- If possible: shut off the water supply to pipes in unheated or freeze prone areas and drain the lines.
- Allow hot and cold taps to drip slowly on freeze prone lines- this provides pressure relief should the line freeze.
- Never use a torch or open flame to thaw pipes! Open faucets and call a plumber
- Keep the heat on and set to a comfortable level, even if you will be away from home
- Clogged gutters can freeze and overflow into exterior walls or flood foundations. Keep your gutters free of debris and check them for proper drainage.
- Locate and test your home’s main water shut-off valve BEFORE you need it. This important valve is usually located either near the water service point of entry in a crawlspace or basement or, in many newer homes, in a pantry or closet on the main floor. Do not rely on the shut-off located in the municipal water meter box, it may require a special “water key” or be difficult to find and operate in an emergency.