Mother Nature has blasted the area with bitter temperatures and it’s only going to get colder by Monday. Insurance companies are already receiving claims on frozen pipes but there is still time to prevent getting hit with damage. Pipes can freeze anywhere due to exposure from cracks or holes in siding or due to pipes being placed in outside walls with inadequate insulation. Be sure to let your hot and cold faucets drip overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks on exterior walls. Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl space or attic, and seal leaks that allow cold air inside. Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. If you are going away for an extended period of time, be sure to maintain adequate heat inside your home….no lower than 55 degrees.
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