Have you checked the forecast for this weekend? The first hard freeze of the season is coming – which means that there are more on the way.
Are you prepared?
One of the worst things that can happen to your home during winter is a frozen water pipe. If it bursts, you’re looking at potentially thousands of dollars in damage – not to mention mold and mildew.
Luckily, home maintenance guru Bob Vila has come to the rescue. A recent article on his site outlines the steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes. The first step on his list? Know your plumbing system. Where do the pipes run? Where are the shut-off valves?
It’s important to know your system so that you know whether you have the types of pipes that are most susceptible to freezing, including outdoor hose bibs, pool water lines, water sprinklers, and anything that is in an unheated area like a basement, garage, or crawl space.
Vila walks readers through the rest of the steps in preventing frozen pipes, such as draining your outdoor lines each fall and insulating pipes in unheated places. He also offers helpful hints for what to do if you need to thaw out frozen pipes.
Stay warm out there!
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