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Protecting Your Home in Cold Weather

Dec 27, 2012

 
Leaving your home alone for the holidays? If so, a burst pipe caused by freezing weather will be significantly more damaging if left unattended. Find out how you can prevent frozen pipes while you're away using the tips below:

- Insulate pipes, especially in a garage or basement next to an outside wall. Also insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic.

- Heat tape can also be used... to wrap pipes. Wrap the tape or cables around water pipes, plug in the cord and the heating element will warm the pipes to prevent freezing.

- Turn off the water supply to individual fixtures like your washing machine, ice-maker, toilets and sinks.

- Consider installing an electronic leak detection system. When water touches the sensor, the valve closes, protecting everything downstream.
 
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