Preparing your home for freezing temperatures

With temperatures dipping below freezing overnight, plumbers tell FOX46 the cold weather poses as a serious threat to your home.

Paul Mesiti with One Call Plumbing says there are ways to prepare your home for the freezing temperatures inside and outside the home.

“There’s nothing worse than a pipe split inside your wall. Please know how to shut the water off to your house in the event that that happens,” he says.

He also encourages people to insulate their pipes so they’re better fitted for cold weather. Cabinets should also be left open to let warm air circulate through them. Mesiti says to leave faucets dripping so the pipes don’t freeze with water.

We met a few people preparing for the cold temps. Homeowner Linda Macon says she didn’t always know what to do.

“I came in one day to find water running in my basement. I’m saying what’s going on and I had a pipe that was burst,” Macon said.

She came home one day and found water running in her basement.

While some people learn the hard way, others take the necessary precaution.

“Dress for layers and be prepared day after day,” Michael Robinson said.

Home temperatures should be kept to at least 60 degrees. If the outside temperature rises above thirty-two degrees, you can turn off the dripping faucet.

People are encouraged to take extra precaution so they’re not left with repair expenses.

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