Winterize your home by protecting your pipes during the cold weather

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 09:36:49-05

The freezing temperatures could cause some problems for your house.

There’s a few tips people can use to winterize their homes and prevent those issues.

It all starts with protecting your pipes. It’s something we talk about every winter.

Remember, it's important to let a small stream of water run to keep water flowing through pipes. Experts say by doing this it makes it harder for pipes to freeze. You should do this to a faucet on an outside wall or one far from your water heater to allow water to travel through the entire system.

To protect your pipes, here’s some suggestions from AAA Mid-Atlantic:

  • Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shut-off valve is and how it works.
  • Do not turn down the thermostat at bedtime. Instead maintain the same setting day and night. AAA say drops in temperature is more common overnight and could freeze your pipes.
  • Leave your cabinet doors open to help get heat to your pipes faster.

For travelers going on vacation or leaving your home for an extended period, consider maintaining minimal heat to prevent freezing.

If you turn on the faucet and no water come out your pipes could already be frozen, and the damage can be costly. Triple a says it's important to take lots of pictures and keep all your receipts related to the damage, if you need to make a claim.