The Monday weather forecast for Rutherford County is pretty extreme! The high on Monday will be around 12-degrees followed by a low of 1-degree on Tuesday. WGNS will continue to follow this dangerous cold weather snap coming into our area and give you updates as we learn more.
These freezing temperatures are not only dangerous for local residents and their animals, they are also bad for homes. Make sure frozen pipes won’t ruin your house. Kip Diggs with State Farm confirmed that a frozen pipe can cause thousands of dollars of damage in a short period of time.
To keep your home safe, your Rutherford County State Farm Office recommends the following:
- Disconnect garden hoses before cold weather comes. A connected hose could cause the short length of pipe that goes into the house to freeze.
- Insulate pipes in the attic and crawl spaces.
- When freezing weather hits, allow a slow drip from hot and cold faucets. This will relieve pressure on the system and allow water to circulate.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes.
- Set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
- Consider a leak alarm or automatic water shutoff system.
If a pipe does freeze and burst, make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water shutoff valve is.
Kip Diggs with State Farm