Old man winter is visiting Atlanta again this week and we're expecting temperatures to be at freezing levels starting Sunday, January 20th through Tuesday, January 22nd.
When temperatures drop below freezing for an extended period of time it's important to take precautions to keep plumbing pipes from freezing. There’s nothing worse than having your house flood due to a busted pipe. And it makes sense to take small, proactive steps to prevent damage to your property and personal belongings.
Here are 4 simple steps you can take to help avoid damage to your home and personal belongings:
1. Leave at least one faucet dripping (preferably in a bathroom.
2. Keep the heat turned on in your home and set the thermostat to no lower than 65 degrees.
3. Open cabinets under sinks so the heat may reach the pipes.
4. Outdoor faucets should be protected with insulated covers or something to keep them insulated and all hoses should be disconnected.
And be mindful that ice can form fast on all surfaces and to avoid areas on stairs, ramps, or walkways that are damp.
QUICK RECAP: make sure you leave your heat on, faucets dripping and cabinet doors open to help prevent your pipes from freezing. All outdoor faucets should be protected with insulated covers or something to keep them insulated and all hoses should be disconnected.
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PS. contrary to what many may think ... “dripping” the faucet will not cause a high water bill. The faucet doesn't need to be "running," there just needs to be a small drip to keep things moving inside the pipes.