Frozen pipes can lead to a world of inconvenience, mess, and expense when they burst and cause water leaks inside your home. As the weather gets colder and temperatures plummet below freezing overnight, there are simple steps you can take to protect your home.
- Disconnect garden hoses. Drain the hoses appropriately before storing for the winter.
- Turn off water to outside faucets by using the valve inside your home. Drain the remaining water by allowing it to run until dry.
- Turn off your sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
- Close and cover basement windows and foundation vents.
- Keep garage doors closed. This can raise the temperature inside your garage by up to ten degrees.
- Set faucets in kitchens and baths to a slow trickle overnight. This will keep the lines flowing since they get less use while you’re sleeping.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate.
- Locate the main water cut-off and be ready to turn it off if a pipe does freeze.
If you’re lucky enough to catch a frozen pipe before it bursts, you can use a hair dryer to thaw it, hopefully avoiding the mess of a water leak. A little preparation goes a long way in the cold winter months, especially in North Georgia, where snow and ice can bring everyday life to a standstill. With forethought and a little luck, you can avoid all the mess of frozen and burst pipes this winter.
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