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Protect Your Home from Freezing Temperatures with These Tips

Freezing temperatures can lead to some serious problems inside and outside of your home. Protect your home from freezing temperatures by following these tips and calling a local experienced plumber when you need service.

  1. Shut off the outside faucets. Store garden hoses away. Shut off the water to the outdoors and open up the faucets to drain water. Then, insulate the hose bibs.
  2. Check outside walls for leaks. Even small holes where cable wires or phone lines enter your home can be a way for heat to leak out of the house. Foam insulation and weather stripping can seal these up.
  3. Prevent pipes from freezing with home insulation, attic insulation, and insulating sleeves around exposed piping.
  4. Drip your faucets. If you’ve experienced problems with pipes freezing in the past, try leaving the faucet at a slow drip in extreme temperatures, and open cupboards to allow heat to reach low pipes.
  5. Know the location of the water shut-off. Make sure everyone in the home knows where it is, and that there is a clear path leading to your shut-off valve.
  6. Close the garage. Minimize the time your garage door is open to keep out cold air and protect any piping in or near the garage.
  7. Clean the gutters. Full gutters can allow ice to build up on your roof.
  8. Keep attic vents and soffits clear. This also helps to prevent ice dams on the roof.
  9. Keep the thermostat in good shape. Set temperatures efficiently, and keep spare batteries around just in case.
  10. Have a plan for your vacation. You may want to completely shut off the water throughout your home and open up the faucets. This way, you do not need to worry about the plumbing freezing while you are away.

Happy holidays from Mark Lindsay and Son Plumbing & Heating Inc! Call us for all of your plumbing and heating needs in Clifton, NJ.

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