What to Do to Prepare for Freezing Temperatures
Updated: Feb 17
Freezing temperatures can do some real damage. We know that our area’s weather can change drastically in a short amount of time. Cold temperatures can arrive quickly and unexpectedly, so it’s important to know what to do to prepare when those storms roll in.
Protect pipes with added insulation like foam pipe sleeves or insulation tape. Common areas to check are crawl spaces, basements, and attics.
Take proper care to prep pipes for freezing temperatures. Winterize outside faucets and sprinkler systems by shutting off water, disconnecting garden hoses, and draining excess water from all pipes.
If you have a sump pump be sure to check the pipes for any outer blockage like ice or snow to avoid backup from entering the home.
Shut off and drain any water lines to swimming pools, garden ponds, or fountains.
Do a Leak Check
Check under sinks regularly for signs of warping or discoloration. Look for condensation or corrosion up and around pipes. Replace rubber hoses with steel braided lines for added security.
Check the attic for any signs of water damage including warping, wood deterioration, or discoloration.
Garbage disposals work hard and after years of use they can wear out and start to leak. These leaks often smell foul and can lead to mold growth. Check under kitchen sinks and fix any leaks immediately.
Perform regular checks for signs of leaks or damage on your roof. Always be safe when doing these checks and hire a professional if you are uncomfortable or if it is unsafe. Look for rust spots, holes, and gaps in flashing around skylights, pipes, and chimneys. Check for signs of damage including cracked, buckled, or missing shingles. If shingles are damaged or missing, they should be replaced immediately.
If you have a basement, check it often for signs of moisture. Make repairs and replacements immediately if there is damage from leaks.
Take Other Indoor Precautions
In freezing temperatures, let cold water drip from faucets to relieve pressure on pipes. Opening cabinet doors will also help to circulate warm air.
Keep your thermostat consistent day and night.
If you’re planning on taking a trip away from home, do not set the thermostat below 55 Degrees F.
Keep garage doors closed.
Close vents to any crawl space preventing inside heat from leaking.
Seal cracks around windows and doors to prevent drafts and water from entering the home.
Know How to Shut-Off
The last thing you want is to be left unprepared when freezing storms roll in. Broken or leaky pipes can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Water damage is common when temperatures drop, so taking proper measures can go a long way in preventing damages.
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