It’s getting cold out there! As freezing temps settle in across the country, our team put together six quick actions to take to help you and your home weather the cold.
Turn on all faucets to a slow drip to keep water from freezing in the pipes. (Ensure that your faucets are draining properly prior to turning them on at a drip.)
Disconnect exterior hoses and cover all exterior hose bibs with a faucet cover.
Set your thermostat to a minimum of 68 degrees on HEAT and ensure that the HVAC system is heating properly.
Open all kitchen and bathroom cabinets to keep heat flowing into the space around the pipes.
Keep your garage doors closed as much as possible to retain heat.
Locate your main water shut-off valve (usually either by the water heater or in the water meter box in the yard). You’ll want to immediately shut it off in the event of a water leak.
Use a draft guard for windows and doors to prevent cold air from getting in.