Prevent Frozen Pipes

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Freezing temperatures are in the forecast. While you're thinking about keeping your animals and tender vegetation safe, you should also be making sure frozen pipes won't ruin your home. A frozen pipe can cause thousands of dollars of damage in a short period of time.

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To keep your home safe, State Farm® 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.

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