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Prevent your pipes from freezing in frigid temperatures

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Many of us here in South Texas are not used to the cold temperatures lingering, and the plumbing and insulation in your home may not be equipped either.

There are, however, ways to prevent your pipes from freezing in the frigid conditions, potentially saving you tens of thousands of dollars.

Pipes that are most likely to freeze are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold like water sprinkler lines,
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets,
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

Protect your pipes by doing the following:

  • Check around the home for  areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas such as the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets,
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines there,
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing,
  • Allow cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing,
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night,
  • If you will be out of town during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home,
  • Set the thermostat no lower than 55° F.

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