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The window of opportunity is diminishing as the temperatures drop this afternoon into this evening.  If you are a homeowner or tenant responsible for maintaining a home there are a few basic things that you can do to prevent damage to your home.  One of the most important principals that should be understood is frozen water expands and this affects both metal and plastic.  There are some very simple and basic things you can do tonight to prevent some costly issues that may occur due to frozen or burst pipes!

  • The easiest thing to do is to drip the cold water in your faucets on your first floor or basement levels.  This will help keep the motion in the pipes and therefore prevent freezing.  Any pipes in un-insulated crawl spaces or in slabs can freeze easier than pipes located in heated areas (such as the inside walls leading to a second floor).  Be wary of outside walls that are in direct contact to the elements as these pipes should be a priority.
  • Second, turn off the water to your outdoor hose bibs or spigots.  These are just waiting to expand and burst on you every winter.  This should be part of winter maintenance every year and if you forgot now is the time to do it!  This also includes sprinkler lines and swimming pool lines.
  • Open the cabinet doors under the sinks to allow air flow from the heated spaces to circulate.
  • Finally, when the forecast is for these super low temps people should maintain their heat even when the normal tendency is to turn it down at night in areas of the home that are not occupied.  Keep those thermostats set and don’t set them back tonight.  The additional costs will be well worth the savings if you are forced to pay for the damages incurred by burst or broken pipes.

I hope these tips can help prevent any damage from occurring in the next few days.  If you have any rental properties or vacant properties for sale please remember to follow the same precautionary measures that you would for your own house.

As always, thanks for reading, be safe and remember, if you have any real estate questions I am here for you!

~Jenn

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