JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Temperatures are beginning to dip below freezing at night in Region 8 and there are several things to keep in mind when preparing for the cold weather.
While you are thinking about keeping your animals and plants safe from the cold, you should also be making sure frozen pipes will not ruin your home.
According to State Farms Representative Kip Diggs, a frozen pipe can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home in a short period.
State Farm recommends the following tips to help keep your home safe:
- Disconnect garden hoses before cold weather comes. A connected hose could cause the short length of pipe that goes into the house to freeze.
- Insulate pipes in the attic and crawl spaces.
- Allow a slow drip from hot and cold faucets. This will relieve pressure on the system and allow water to circulate.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes.
- Set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
- Consider a leak alarm or automatic water shutoff system.
Another good idea is to make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water shutoff valve is in case a pipe does freeze or burst.
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