Keep those pipes warm

It’s about to get cold. Very, very cold.

And while you may hate that blistery freeze, your pipes hate it even more. But you can prevent frozen pipes (and a lot of headache) by following these simple tips:

  • Insulate your home’s pipes. Check around the hose, in the basement, a crawl space, attic, garage – wherever. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Let your faucet drip cold water. Even a trickle will do the trick.
  • Keep the thermostat the same, day and night. Sure, you might get a higher bill – but it beats the costly repairs you’ll incur if the pipes freeze.
  • Going away? Resist the urge to turn off the heat. Keep it on no lower than 55 degrees.
  • It’s cold – keep the outside doors shut. That includes your garage. However, keeping your bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open can help move the warm air around.
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