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TIPS FOR WINTERIZING YOUR HOME TO PREVENT WATER LINE FREEZE DAMAGE

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With temperatures expected to be below freezing tonight and tomorrow night in the listening area, homeowners are preparing water lines from freeze damage. Here are some tips:

  • Close all foundation vents
  • Disconnect garden hoses from outside water faucets
  • Protect freeze-prone faucets with insulating covers
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines
  • Knox where your main water shut-off value is located in case of a line break
  • Protect exposed pipes with insulation
  • Keep the lid to the water meter closed tightly
  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures
  • If you have pipes vulnerable to freezing, allow a small trickle of water to run to keep the pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe
  • Set thermostat to at least 55 degrees when you leave your house
  • Drain lawn irrigation system of all water including the backflow device
  • Remove, drain or protect exterior pumps on pools, saunas and fountains.

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