How to Winterize Your Home

Frozen and broken pipes can be costly to fix.  Start preparing now for those below freezing temperatures!  Below are a few tips to keep your water flowing.

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#1:  Insulate your pipes or faucets in unheated areas such as a garage or crawl space.  Your local hardware store will have what you need to wrap them.

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#2:  Seal up areas where cold winter winds whistle.  Don’t overlook broken or cracked basement windows or other breezy spots.  Pipes can quickly freeze if exposed.

#3: Know the location of your master water shutoff valve.  In many homes it is where the water line comes into your house from the street.  This valve will turn off all water if a pipe bursts and can save your home from damage.  Find it now and paint it a bright color or hang a tag on it.  Make sure your family knows where it is and what it does.

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#4:  When temperatures drop below freezing, keep the faucet dripping slightly and the cabinet doors open.

#5:  If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.