The Charlotte, North Carolina region is expecting a snow storm later tonight into Saturday with a snow fall of as many as six inches before it's over. Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 8 degrees overnight on Saturday. As any Charlottean knows, this is not typical weather for us and it's easy to forget to take some precautions to ensure that your pipes don't freeze and burst. Here are tips to help you keep your pipes from freezing this weekend and causing expensive damage to your home:
7 Tips To Keep Your Charlotte Home's Pipes From Freezing
- Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing during the night (especially where you might have pipes next to an exterior wall).
- Set your thermostat to stay at same temperature during the day and at night. And even if you are away from your home, make certain that the thermostat is set to no lower than 55 degrees, but it's recommended you keep the temperature constant at 68 degrees or higher. And consider turning off your water completely if you won't be at home, especially the valves to your clothes washer.
- Let cold water drip from faucets in your home. Running water through the pipes, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing by relieving pressure, especially at night when temperatures plummet.
- Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents to keep cold air from entering.
- You can insulate water pipes with a "pipe sleeve" or install UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Some recommend doing this on interior pipes as well. If your local hardware store has run out of this material, you can help insulate by using newspapers.
- Placing an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots can reduce the likelihood of water pipes freezing. If you haven't already done so, disconnect your water hose from your outdoor spigot.
- If you have water supply lines in your garage, be sure to keep the garage doors closed.
Click on the picture below from Safewise.com for more tips on how to prevent frozen pipes, what to do if your pipes freeze, and information on products that will help you keep pipes from freezing.
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