Illinois was ranked as the most common place to have high homeowners costs involving the damage of frozen pipes, adding up to $7.3 million last year. But, the problem is still very real in Tennessee - especially during the cold months that we have seen recently.
One-eighth-inch crack in a pipe can spray more than 250 gallons of water a day -- ruining floors, carpets, furniture and irreplaceable personal belongings.
Pipes can freeze anywhere due to exposure from cracks or holes in siding or because of pipes being placed in outside walls with inadequate insulation.
Insulate exposed water pipes, such as those in crawl spaces, basements, or near outside walls.
Let the hot and cold faucets drip overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks on exterior walls.
Seal cracks and gaps that could bring in cold air with insulation or caulk. Check around dryer preventing, electrical wiring, doors, and windows nearest to exposed pipes.
Keep your thermostat set above 55ºF.
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