It’s cold out there, Metro Atlanta, and it’s likely to get colder. Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home if you are unprepared. Before the next storm hits, there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid the mess and expense of the most common problem that comes with cold weather: frozen pipes that burst and cause water leaks, flooding, and damage.
8 Simple Tasks to Avoid Frozen Pipes
- Start on the outside of your home by disconnecting garden hoses. Drain the hoses completely 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. Use insulated faucet covers for extra protection.
- Turn off your sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
- Then, move inside to close and cover basement windows and foundation vents.
- Keep garage doors closed. This alone can raise the temperature in your garage by up to ten degrees, protecting the pipes inside.
- Set faucets in kitchens and baths to a slow trickle overnight. This will keep the lines flowing and less likely to freeze. It’s especially important for sinks on an exterior wall.
- 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. This will help minimize damage when the pipe thaws and water begins to leak.
Just a little preparation goes a long way before freezing temperatures set in, especially in Metro Atlanta, where a dusting of snow can bring life to a standstill. Hopefully, the next batch of frigid winter weather finds you warm and snug inside your home, fully prepared for what Mother Nature brings.
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January 16, 2024