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Metro Atlanta is gearing up for another winter storm. This week’s forecast calls for temperatures below freezing along with ice and a good dusting of snow starting Friday. All this winter weather can wreak havoc on your home if you are unprepared. Before the storm hits, there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid the mess and expense of the most common problem that comes with cold weather: frozen pipes that burst and cause water leaks, flooding, and damage.

Simple Checklist to Avoid Frozen Pipes

  • Start on the outside of your home by disconnecting garden hoses.  Drain the hoses appropriately before storing for the winter.
  • Turn off water to outside faucets by using the valve inside your home.  Drain the remaining water by allowing it
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It's that time again, when temperatures are dropping each night below freezing in metro Atlanta. It's not just the standing water outside that freezes. If you're not careful, it could be the water lines inside your home, too. But there are easy steps you can take today to save the hassle and expense of frozen and burst pipes this winter. 

Set Faucets to a Trickle

When temperatures are sure to fall below freezing, set faucets in kitchens and baths to a slow trickle overnight. Letting the water drip may not be enough to avoid frozen pipes. This is especially helpful on faucets located on outer walls in older homes that may have less efficient insulation.

Open Cabinet Doors

Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate,

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It’s cold out there, Metro Atlanta! Already, we’ve seen a few homeowners and tenants experiencing the headaches of burst pipes because of the below-freezing temperatures overnight.  It could cost you thousands in ruined sheet rock, flooring, and personal belongings. Here are a few tried-and-true tips to avoid the mess and expense of frozen and burst pipes as a result of the cold:

  1.       Disconnect garden hoses.  Drain the hoses appropriately before storing for the winter.
  2.       Turn off water to outside faucets by using the valve inside your home.  Drain the remaining water by allowing it to run until dry.
  3.       Turn off your sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
  4.       Close and cover basement windows
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