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How to Avoid Your Pipes Freezing This Winter

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Frozen pipes in the winter are not just an inconvenience – it can lead to fairly catastrophic water damage in your home if they burst. Instead of hoping for the best, there are some simple ways to be proactive. Take a look at how you can keep your pipes from freezing this winter.

Open Your Cabinets

If you have pipes in cabinets along the exterior wall of your home, they can be especially vulnerable to freezing because they’re so close to the cold wall. Opening your cabinets when the temperature drops can help keep them from freezing.

Don’t Turn Down the Heat

It’s okay to adjust your heat a little to save money on your energy bill, but any extreme swings to the cooler side are a bad idea. An unexpected cold snap when you can’t turn the heat back up can mean frozen pipes.

Insulate your Pipes

Insulating pipes in your garage, basement, and attic can keep them warm enough to prevent freezing. Check with your local HVAC company for insulation recommendations.

Disconnect Your Hoses

When you’re expecting cold weather, it’s a good idea to do a quick hose check. Making sure you detach hoses from their spigots can prevent catastrophe. The exterior pipes are often the first to freeze and burst, often leading to a flooded basement or first floor.

Instead of cleaning up after frozen pipe ruptures, keep them from freezing in the first place with these easy tips. For more information and quick response, should you find yourself with a broken pipe, contact the experts at Wilson’s Refrigeration and Air.

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