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Protect Your Home From This Week's Winter Blast

March 2017

Did you know that letting your most weather-susceptible faucets drip during periods of extreme cold can keep your water pipes from freezing? As temperatures dip into the single digits and below this week, your pipes will become increasingly susceptible to freezing.

Because liquid expands as it freezes, pipes full of water are vulnerable, and those outdoors or running against exterior walls are especially susceptible. With a few preventive steps, you can save the expense and bother of burst pipes and water damage:

•Insulate around pipes exposed to cold air by wrapping them with professionally approved heat tapes or other UL- listed insulation products.

•Remove, drain and store outdoor hoses, and close inside valves that supply outdoor lines. Leave the outside valve open during winter months so that remaining water can expand without breaking.

•Know the location of your shut-off valve for the water supply and consider shutting it down if you’re going to be away from your home or your business for an extended period of time.

•If your garage has water supply lines, keep garage doors closed. Even a few degrees of warmth can make a difference.

•Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to give indoor plumbing access to warmer air. Just be sure to remove any chemicals or cleaners you may store in those areas; these substances may be hazardous to children or pets.

These simple tips provided by the Cincinnati Insurance Company will help keep your pipes secure this week and allow you to focus your attention on staying warm!

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