PIPE PROTECTION: Preparing your home for winter weather
To make sure your home is ready to withstand the temperature drop Monday night, letting your faucet drip is a common and important tip; however, there are a few other steps you may want follow to protect your home's pipes both inside and out.
Kay Keefe, owner of Keefe Plumbing Company, walked Channel 3 through what she is doing to prepare her home for potential winter weather.
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Protecting her home from freezing pipes starts outside. Keefe said it’s important to make sure any foundation vents around your home are closed.
"The wind will travel under your house, across your pipes, and cause them to freeze," Keefe explained.
Next, she recommends unhooking garden hoses, and covering every faucet. Keefe said this is the most common problem her company sees.
If you don't have a cover, you can make one.
"You can use a rag and some duct tape or something,” explained Keefe. “Just keep the wind off it."
Inside your home, you've probably heard you need to drip the faucet using warm water, which is advice Keefe said you should follow.
It's just as important to open cabinet doors under sinks, especially for any pipes on an exterior wall.
"It's just going to heat your pipes,” Keefe explained. “If not, then the wind from outside and the cold is coming in from the backside and you have nothing to counteract it. So, this is just another precaution you can take."
Keefe said people who don't take these precautions likely won't realize they have frozen pipes or a pipe burst until a few days later after they've thawed out.
She also recommends checking on any elderly neighbors to make sure their homes are prepared for the freezing temperatures.
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