The first freeze of the year could last up to eight hours overnight, and a few simple moves can save you thousands in repairs.
One of the easiest and most effective things you can do is loosen your water faucets just enough to let a tiny bit of water constantly drip through. Also open your cabinet doors, that will help circulate warm air to your pipes and keep them from freezing overnight. If your mechanical closet with your water heater is in the garage, make sure your garage door stays closed. Doing that ensures cold air will not freeze your pipes.
Most problems occur outside, so make sure to remove your hose from the faucet and put a styrofoam cap on the faucet. The cap keeps outdoor pipes from freezing.
Throughout the winter, many problems happen on the north and east sides of homes, that's where the sun doesn't generally shine and waterlines stay frozen.
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