How to get your home winter weather ready

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– As cold as it is now, this is nothing for New England. We all know how bad it can get, so protecting those pipes is something you want to do now to get out ahead of it.

That’s because we’ve seen how expensive and damaging it can be if pipes freeze in your home. Plus, typically when plumbers get one call for it, they get several.

So to prevent it, first off, disconnect those garden hoses. Next? Insulate those pipes. Especially in the crawl spaces in attic, those are vulnerable.

Also, don’t set your thermostat lower than 55 and a trickle of hot and cold water will help from faucets. That’s because running water takes a lot longer to freeze.

Home Depot’s Kimit Trotman says you want to get ahead of this now before everyone else is, “It’s out of control ’cause no one owns a snow shovel until there’s a foot of snow on the ground.”

He also says if your pipes do freeze to avoid waiting for a plumber you can grab an electric water pipe cable as long as the pipe didn’t crack. They’ll run you about $20.00.

“The plumber is getting calls from everybody bc someone’s pipes did burst somewhere,” said Trotman. “If the pipe freezes and didn’t burst you can easily attach the electric heaters and then cover your water heater with a blanket and it should warm up.”

For a demonstration on some other tricks you’ll want to know about, watch the video above.

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