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Tips on how to prevent frozen pipes during freezing weather

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The first frost warnings of the year means winter is around the corner.  State Farm says a frozen pipe can cause thousands of dollars of damage in a short period of time. 

They recommends they following:

  • Disconnect garden hoses before cold weather comes. A connected hose could cause the short length of pipe that goes into the house to freeze.
  • Insulate pipes in the attic and crawl spaces.
  • When freezing weather hits, allow a slow drip from hot and cold faucets. This will relieve pressure on the system and allow water to circulate.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes.
  • Set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Consider a leak alarm or automatic water shutoff system.

If a pipe does freeze and burst, make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water shutoff valve is located. 

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